An RACQ LifeFlight helicopter at Kingaroy Hospital earlier this year (Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)

July 10, 2018

LifeFlight flew almost 5500 lifesaving missions in Queensland over the past 12 months, including 574 by the Toowoomba-based helicopter.

A spokesperson said the Toowoomba flights alone cost the organisation about $7.1 million.

Last financial year was LifeFlight’s busiest in its 37-year history, with its doctors, community rescue helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5452 missions.

These missions brought the service’s total number of patients helped to more than 50,000 since its first airlift in 1981.

During the 2017-2018 financial year, LifeFlight helicopters completed 1819 community-based missions throughout Queensland.

The top five mission types for the Toowoomba chopper were: Motor vehicle and motorcycle accidents (60), cardiac conditions (58), infection / serious illness (52), respiratory conditions (39) and abdominal conditions (35).

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