Ian's nightmare ride

BACK TO HEALTH: Physiotherapist Kirsty Watson works with Ian Mackay at Rockhampton Hospital.
BACK TO HEALTH: Physiotherapist Kirsty Watson works with Ian Mackay at Rockhampton Hospital.

A GLORIOUS winter day was the perfect backdrop for a mates' motorbike tour.

That was until things went very wrong for Ian Mackay, who was brought to Rockhampton Hospital by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, after crashing into a roundabout in Biloela on August 22.

Mr Mackay, 53, was with two of his mates on a weekend trip from Brisbane.

They had been to Gladstone and were riding the inland route back to Brisbane when the unexpected happened.

“It was great bike-riding weather,” Mr Mackay said. “We were enjoying the countryside.

“I hadn't been to Biloela before and I didn't see the roundabout. I went straight through, and over the handlebars and the rest is history.”

Biloela ambulance took a seriously injured Mr Mackay to Biloela Hospital, and he was flown to Rockhampton by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Nursing seven broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a broken collar bone, he was so touched by the care he received at Rockhampton Hospital he wanted to let the community know how lucky they are to have such a wonderful service.

Mr Mackay spent nine days in the Intensive Care Unit in Rockhampton Hospital.

“I cannot thank them enough,” he said. “It was an absolute education for me. They were so caring and professional the whole lot of them - doctors, nurses and physios. The team is extremely well organised - the place runs like a Swiss watch,” Mr Mackay said.

“It's something Rockhampton should be very proud of. There's a lot of bad press about the hospital system in general and I think it would be nice to get some positive stories out there.

“The staff here are fantastic - way beyond my expectations … they are an absolute credit to themselves and Rockhampton Hospital.”

The jury is still out on future motorbike rides. “I'm in a bit of pain at the moment, so the answer is no more at this stage, but who knows how I'll feel about it in future?” Mr Mackay said.

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