10 March 2017

One step closer to take-off

One step closer to take-off

A new helipad for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Queen's Medical Centre has taken an important step forward after securing planning approval.

The £3.2m project which will create an onsite helipad for air ambulances has been supported by Nottingham Hospitals Charity which raised £2.5 million towards the costs. It will be located on car park 3 at the south side of the hospital.

Currently helicopters land off-site and patients have a 15-20 minute transfer to the Major Trauma Centre at QMC.

Andrew Chatten, Director of Estates for Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust which manages QMC, said: "This is an important step in making this project a reality. There remains much to do but this formal planning approval is an important milestone that means we can move onto the next phase of the project.

"This facility will help improve the care to the most critically injured patients from across the region helping them to be treated more quickly, reducing the transfer time from 15 minutes to less than five minutes from helicopter to our Major Trauma Centre."

Since NUH took on the important role as the region's Major Trauma Centre in 2012, the lives of more than 420 patients have been saved who wouldn't otherwise have survived.  

Helipad 1

Welcoming the news, Nottingham Hospital Charity Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart said: "Access to a Helipad at our Major Trauma Centre at Queens Medical Centre is vital to saving minutes and saving lives.

"Huge thanks to the hundreds of people who have supported our Helipad Appeal by fundraising and donations, to the County Air Ambulance who contributed £1 million and those who backed our bid for £1.3 million LIBOR funding last year."

The raised deck helipad is expected to be operational in the early part of 2018. It is being supported thanks to £2.5m raised by Nottingham Hospitals Charity and an investment of £700,000 by NUH.

Find out more about the Nottingham Hospitals Charity and the Helipad Appeal

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