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 a police escort.

There is also the added anxiety for parents, who could be with their child in the helicopter, as when they land they become a spectacle which may even be filmed and posted for all to see on social media. 

Can you imagine how you would feel if your child couldn’t receive the treatment they need due to the wind, snow or ice? The weather currently effects on whether the helicopter can land at Weston Park, they may land at Northern General and then transfer the patient by ambulance to our Emergency Department, which all takes time. When the weather sets in we want to build a helipad with 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 cold weather.

  • Why do we need a Helipad?

    Can you imagine how you would feel if your child couldn’t receive the treatment they need due to the wind, snow or ice? 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 a long 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. 

    With a Helipad we can fund tie down points. 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.