Work is set to get underway on a brand new state-of-the-art £1.24m helipad at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, following the go-ahead from planners this week.
The new raised helipad, which will be situated next to Worcestershire Oncology Centre, will be closer to the Accident and Emergency department, enabling paramedics to transfer critically ill patients into the department more quickly, using electric trolleys, instead of an ambulance.
Relocating the helipad from its current location on land adjacent to the staff car park will also help to ease traffic congestion, as cars driving around the site will not be disrupted when the Air Ambulance lands and takes off. Additional car parking will also be created – both on land vacated by the current helipad, and underneath the new raised platform.
Work on the helipad, which is expected to be completed within 12 months, has been generously funded by the HELP Appeal whose Chief Executive, Robert Bertram, visited the hospital this week to hand over a cheque for £625,000 – the first of two instalments.
Michelle McKay, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted that we’ve got the go ahead for a new helipad and we would like to thank the HELP Appeal which is enabling this work to be carried out. The plan has always been to relocate the helipad closer to A&E, meaning patients arriving by Air Ambulance can be transferred into the department as quickly and easily as possible to receive emergency treatment once they have landed on site.”
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, said: “Helipads save time and save lives. It’s as simple as that.
“After learning that the Worcestershire Royal Hospital could build a helipad closer to its emergency department – reducing the time it takes to transfer a critically ill patient to the specialist care they urgently need – we wanted to make it happen for them as quickly as possible, so we agreed to cover the entire cost.
“It’s fantastic that they have been given permission to start on this essential build, which will make a huge difference to the lives of critically ill patients.”
The HELP Appeal aims to significantly increase the number of onsite hospital helipads at major trauma centres and A&E hospitals through its HELP Appeal grant scheme which offers non-repayable grants to hospitals to help fund new helipads or upgrade existing helipads.
The HELP Appeal relies solely on charitable donations. To donate, please visit www.helpappeal.org.uk/support-us/