10 March 2017
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.
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
"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
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