First-class care for RAAF Base Edinburgh
AIRFORCE Vol. 53, No. 8, May 12, 2011 - Andrew Stackpool
RAAF Base Edinburgh’s new first-class medical centre is now taking patients.
At the opening of the facility on March 30, Director General Garrison Health Operations AIRCDRE Tracy Smart said the “amazing” facility was not only important for the base but the wider ADF medical community.
“The opening of this facility is a very important step in our health services reform program as it is the first of our new health facilities purpose built to deliver health services under the Joint Health Command banner,” AIRCDRE Smart said.
“This is the first time we shall see the integration of primary health care, dental, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and mental-health services under one roof for the 3000-plus ADF personnel now in residence at Edinburgh.”
Base personnel can look forward to enjoying the latest in health-care support 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the centre.
The centre comprises a 22-bed inpatient facility, and is staffed by about 70 to 80 personnel.
“They are a mix of Air Force, Army, APS and contract health practitioners,” WGCDR Ormsby said.
“Currently we have 19 Air Force personnel, including medical officers, nursing officers, environmental health officers, medical assistants and administration clerks.”
While it does not offer any new services, its other core services are being enhanced to meet the growing dependency in Edinburgh.
AIRCDRE Smart said it was not the new facilities alone that would create an integrated health service but the people who worked in the centre.
“I therefore empower you all to work together as a team to realise Joint Health Command’s vision of being a world-class military health service,” she said.