Cambridge: Addenbrookes Hospital

HOSPITAL TYPE: MAJOR TRAUMA CENTRE 

STATUS: OPERATIONAL

Although one of the biggest hospitals in the country and a respected Major Trauma Centre, surprisingly Addenbrookes did not have a helipad.

So, we provided funding towards the cost of a temporary facility, which, for a number of logistical reasons, requires a secondary transfer by road ambulance to the A&E department.

Everyone involved recognises that, even though the helipad has been a valuable addition to the process of getting patients with life-threatening injuries treated more quickly, the new arrangement is not entirely what is needed. We are therefore undertaking an in-depth feasibility study in conjunction with the CAA to see how the current restrictions might be overcome.