The 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, has received its first donation – an instalment of £500,000 of its £1m pledge – from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the UK dedicated to providing this essential funding.
The new helipad, which will be situated on the roof of the Thomas Kemp Tower, will allow direct and time efficient access into the hospital’s Emergency Department – ensuring patients from across Brighton & Hove, Sussex, and the wider region receive emergency attention as quick as possible.
The new helipad will be served by a new lift on the south face of the tower, which will give quick access from the roof of the building to emergency, resuscitation and trauma services.
As the only charity in the UK dedicated to hospital helipads, the HELP Appeal relies solely on individual and organisational donations to provide the funding required to delivering helicopter landing pads at Major Trauma Centres and key A&E hospitals across England and Scotland.
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, said: “The new helipad at The Royal Sussex County Hospital will help to ensure that patients get the fastest access to the often life-saving treatment they require.
“Life-saving infrastructure such as this doesn’t just save time, the seamless transfer process into the hospital’s Emergency and Trauma department will help to prevent any further patient trauma or longer term complications, that can often arise from secondary road transfer.”
Duane Passman, Director of 3Tsat Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, added:“The Royal Sussex County Hospital is the Major Trauma Centre for the area. The 3Ts Redevelopment will significantly improve the trauma facilities available in the hospital. Through its generous donation the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal is ensuring that a key aspect of these improvements, a helipad on site with fast access to the Emergency Department, can proceed without delay.”
The new helipad at the Royal Sussex County Hospital will open in 2018. The first stage of the 3Ts Redevelopment, which incorporates the major trauma improvements will open in 2020.