Doctors Flown in to Help

Doctors Brendon Evans and David Barker arrive at Beaudesert Hospital by helicopter. Image supplied.
Doctors Brendon Evans and David Barker arrive at Beaudesert Hospital by helicopter. Image supplied.

A helicopter of doctors brought relief to staff and patients at Beaudesert Hospital when the town was cut off by floodwaters.

Doctors Brendon Evans and David Barker arrived at Beaudesert Hospital by helicopter on Monday, 28 February.

Their mode of transport was a Spicers Retreats helicopter, demonstrating the spirit of collaboration during times of natural disaster.

Beaudesert Hospital Facility Manager and Nursing and Midwifery Director, Jacquie Smith, said the two Metro South Health doctors came to relieve staff who had not been able to leave because of the floods.

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“Working with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Police Service, we arranged for two of our doctors to fly by helicopter to Beaudesert Hospital after road access was cut off,” she said.

“With major flooding and road closures occurring across Logan and the Scenic Rim, many clinical and operational staff (whose own properties were affected by rising waters) called the hospital home for several days to continue to provide care to patients.

“Much was learnt during the last major floods to impact Beaudesert in 2017 which had helped with this response.”

Ms Smith praised staff and the community for their support throughout the ordeal.

“We are very grateful to all our staff who have gone above and beyond to continue to care for patients,” she said.

“Our amazing doctors, nurses, midwives and support staff continued to provide care to our community while managing a rapidly evolving and challenging situation, even for them personally.

“Our dedicated staff rose to the challenge, working around the clock to support patients and their colleagues who could not get to the hospital because of flood waters.

“We are extremely grateful to all our staff for the important work they are doing at this time, and to our community for their ongoing support.”

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