The HELP Appeal is involved in a variety of important helipad projects throughout England & Scotland. Many of these reflect the critical role played by Major Trauma Centres and the vital need for the right kind of base infrastructure.

A trauma system is specially designed to care for patients with multiple serious injuries that could result in death or serious disability, including head injuries, life-threatening wounds and multiple fractures.

Major Trauma Centres are set up to provide this specialised care. They are hubs that work closely with a series of local trauma units. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are staffed by consultant-led specialist teams, with access to the best diagnostic and treatment facilities, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and radiology.

Pre-hospital assessment and care is crucial – it means Air Ambulance crews work closely with the major trauma network to ensure the most urgent patients are sent to the most appropriate place, often bypassing their local hospital for definitive treatment – and being able to land close to the Emergency Departments is obviously a vital factor.

The map below shows the many operational Helipads that have been built due to the support given via the HELP Appeal. However, there are over 23 other Helipads that are very much needed and in the planning stage so we still need your help and support.