STAFF at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) base in Townsville have had a busy year.
From January to November, the flying doctor transported 10,316 patients across Queensland, including 2163 from Townsville Base, according to RFDS regional manager, coastal and South West, Jennifer Craig.
As well as aeromedical transfers, the flying doctor conducted more than 4700 clinics across the State, with a total of 23,699 patient consultations during this time.
"The Flying Doctor aims to provide people living in regional communities with access to the health care services they need and deserve, which in turn means much less dislocation for the patients and their families," Ms Craig said.
'They have the reassurance that comes with knowing their health care needs can be met, no matter where they live and work.
Ms Craig thanked donors and supporters in the Townsville region for their work on behalf of the flying doctor throughout the year.
"We continue to be privileged and humbled by the support we receive from local businesses, community organisations and individuals," she said.
"On behalf of the RFDS, I thank them for their ongoing efforts and support. It truly is inspiring.
"All donations go towards the purchase of aircraft and life-saving medical equipment, and help keep the flying doctor flying."
Next year will be a big one for the RFDS.
"It's the 85th birthday of the flying doctor and we have some exciting new projects planned," Ms Craig said.
"The RFDS has a long and proud history of providing a safe and reliable service to the people of Queensland. At a local level, we're looking forward to continuing to serve the Townsville region."