Bristol Royal Infirmary




The construction of the £3 million helipad, supported by a grant of £500,000 from the HELP Appeal, was part of a wider programme of redevelopment and refurbishment across the BRI by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust [UH Bristol].

Its opening coincided with the transfer of specialist children’s services, including burns, neurosurgery, plastic, orthopaedic and emergency services, from Frenchay Hospital to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

The 25 x 25 metre aluminium helipad connects directly to services within the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children as well as the adult Emergency Department at Bristol Royal Infirmary. The Bristol Heart Institute will also receive patients transferred by helicopter for cardiac treatment.

A total of six Air Ambulance providers in the region use the helipad to transport seriously ill and injured patients to hospital.


“The new helipad will enable patients to be transferred rapidly and efficiently to specialist services in our hospitals from across the South West and will increase their chance of survival and a good recovery. It will support UH Bristol to fulfil its role as the Paediatric Major Trauma Centre for the South West and the Regional Centre for Primary Angioplasty [emergency treatment for a heart attack].”

Philip Cowburn, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and ‘flying doctor’ on Great Western Air Ambulance