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.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital is the designated Major Trauma Centre for children in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw providing a service for a population of over 375,000 children and young people.

Children and young people arrive at the Emergency Department either by self presentation, road ambulance or air ambulance. In 2018 15% of arrivals were by air ambulance that is around 1-2 per month. Currently air ambulances can only land in daytime hours, because there is inadequate lighting in the park. A helipad on the rooftop would allow patients to be brought outside of daylight hours, which may increase the number of children brought to Sheffield Children’s Hospital particularly in winter months where daylight operation hours for air ambulances are very restricted.

The current arrangement for HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) in transporting patients to ED is to land in Weston Park opposite the hospital. This landing site presents certain challenges to the safe transport of the child to ED and is far from ideal and some HEMS operators refuse to land in the park as a result.

Landing at the Northern General and transferring patients by ambulance to our hospital is no longer an option. 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.