Why do we need an onsite helipad at QMC?
In an emergency, valuable seconds can make all the difference. Getting patients to hospital as quickly as possible is vital. At the moment, patients with life-threatening injuries who are being taken to the East Midlands Trauma Centre at QMC by air ambulance must land at Highfields Playing Fields at the University of Nottingham. Patients then complete their journey by road, which takes around 20 minutes. An onsite helipad at QMC will reduce this transfer times to less than 5 minutes – helping to save time and save lives.
What is the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre?
The MTC is the hub of a trauma network throughout the East Midlands which is helping to improve patient care and save more lives. Ambulance crews are now trained to bring the most seriously injured patients to the MTC rather than to their local emergency department.
An onsite helipad at QMC will get patients with life-threatening injuries to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre more quickly than the current arrangement, where air ambulances land at the University of Nottingham and patients complete their journey by road.
What’s wrong with the current arrangement for air ambulances?
An onsite helipad will reduce transfer times to less than 5 minutes, saving valuable extra time and giving critically injured trauma patients a fighting chance. It will also reduce the risk and discomfort to patients that can result from a prolonged road transfer.
In addition, the new helipad will speed up the time it takes to get the air ambulance back into service. This is because the on-board doctor must accompany the patient into the Emergency Department before returning to the helicopter – a process that will be much quicker with an onsite helipad.
I thought there was already a helipad at QMC?
Why is the air ambulance so important?
How much will the new helipad be?
The County Air Ambulance Trust HELP Appeal, which exists to help fund hospital helipads, has already donated £250,000 as part of a larger overall pledge. However, we’re relying on public donations and fundraising to help us raise the remaining amount.
Why £3 million?
For example, the helipad must be built in an elevated position, due to the height of the QMC and surrounding infrastructure. The landing pad and supporting structures must be suitably reinforced to withstand frequent use by modern air ambulances, which are extremely large and heavy. The helipad will require highly sophisticated lighting, air traffic control systems, fire safety systems and equipment. We’ll also need to purchase a dedicated land ambulance to cover the short distance from the helipad to the Emergency Department entrance.
Does the £3 million include buying an air ambulance?
Why isn’t the NHS paying for the helipad?
Where will the helipad be built?
How did you decide where the helipad should be built?
The Trust has also worked closely with the Helicopter Advisor for the County Air Ambulance Trust. Their expert advice helped to identify that the best location for the new helipad would be on top of the new multi-storey car park.
How will patients get from the new helipad to the Emergency Department?
The transfer from the air ambulance to the ED will take less than 5 minutes. This is significantly quicker than the current transfer time, which can take up to 20 minutes – helping save time, to save lives.
What are the timescales for the helipad?
Who will use the new helipad?
Where will the patients come from?
How many people will use the helipad?
Will it be very noisy when the helipad is in use?
Is the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal the same as an air ambulance charity?
How can I donate to the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal?
How can I get involved in fundraising?