Helipad

The one time we don’t want children waiting for the green man. 

You can help build a new Helipad, £6million

We need to get patients who urgently need critical care to our Emergency Department as soon as possible. It really is the difference between life and death.

Helicopters currently land in Weston Park and patients are then transported across a busy road before entering our Emergency Department. As you can imagine, there are added complications to consider in the park such as the weather, events which may be taking place, even crossing the road which requires waiting for the green man at the traffic lights.

Air ambulances can't land in the park in the dark. In the winter when the nights are long, helicopters are limited to when they can land at Sheffield Children's Hospital. One option is to land at the Northern General and transfer patients by ambulance to our hospital, which adds time and potentially complications. 

A helipad would mean patients can land anytime with flood lighting. When the weather sets in, the new helipad would have electric trace heating incorporated into the deck to ensure that ice and snow do not disrupt the continued use of the facility during periods of inclement weather.

  • Why do we need a Helipad?

    We need to get critically ill patients to our Major Trauma Center in our Emergency Department as quickly as possible, without crossing road, waiting for an event to be cleared in the park or whether there is enough sunlight to land. 

    The weather currently has an affect on whether the helicopter can land at Weston Park, they may land elsewhere and then transfer the patient by ambulance to our Emergency Department, which all takes time. In the future when we have built a Helipad and the weather sets in, ice and snow will not disrupt the continued use of the facility during periods of cold weather.

  • We need a Helipad for when the nights are long and the days are short

    Helipad Lighting includes the perimeter landing lights and floodlighting to the heliport deck meaning our Emergency Department can receive critical care patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which is imperative when nights are long and the days are short.

  • We need to transfer patients from our hospital as well as get them to our hospital

    If a patient needs to be transferred from our hospital we want to make their journey as easy as possible. Should bad weather close in whilst an aircraft is on deck, it can be tied down until the bad weather passes over and it is safe to transfer the patient from our hospital. 

How to get involved

There are many ways you can get involved and help build a Helipad.