Step forward for Helipad Appeal

A Helipad in the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre could be up and running by 2018 after the Nottingham University Hospital Trust put in an application for planning permission.

Nottingham Hospitals Charity has raised £2.5 million of the £3.2 million costs of building the Helipad, with NUH Trust putting in £700,000. If approved the Helipad will be built on stilts with space for car parking underneath.

The proposed site of the Helipad is at the south eastern end of the QMC campus, close to the East Midlands Trauma Centre which – as one of 22 centres in the UK – serves one of the largest geographical areas in the country and treats patients with very serious, life-threatening and multiple injuries.  Currently patients are taken to an off-site landing area then have to be transferred by ambulance to the Trauma Centre.

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. It will substantially reduce transfer times for injured patients to under five minutes and will save time and resources for the Ambulance Service.

“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.”