Royal Flying Doctor Service takes flight with Friendlies


The Friendly Society Private Hospital has flown to the rescue of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) by jumping on board as the Bundaberg base's official pharmaceutical supplier.

The RFDS had received supplies from Bundaberg Base Hospital until the pair’s agreement ended at the end of last year.

The Friendly Society Private Hospital had no qualms about taking on the commitment when approached by the RFDS.

Andrew Monk, the head pharmacist at the Friendly Society Pharmacy, said the opportunity was too good to pass up.

“The Friendly Society Pharmacy is the only not-for-profit pharmacy in Bundaberg, so everything we do is for the community,” Mr Monk said.

“This was just another way that we could use our resources and give back to Bundaberg by helping to support another valuable service.”

The hospital has a long-running relationship with the RFDS, having treated many patients who have used the flying service in their time of need.

“We felt it was important that we help them in any way we can,” Mr Monk said.

Chris Wimpenny, the RFDS Queensland regional manager, said the partnership will ensure patients continue to receive the finest care.

“Their generosity in supplying the RFDS Bundaberg base with pharmaceuticals is a sustainable and cost-effective way for our medical staff to access the medication their patients need during flight,” he said.


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