Gloucester Royal Hospital

HOSPITAL TYPE: ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY

STATUS: OPERATIONAL

Revised CAA rules, together with the building of a new multi-storey car park, meant that the existing helipad had to be de-commissioned. Extensive alterations were required to get it open and fully operational again.

Thanks to vital funding provided by the HELP Appeal, the necessary improvements were made and the helipad is now making a huge difference in helping to save lives across the county.

Seriously ill and injured patients in need of emergency treatment, can be transferred by Air Ambulance directly to the hospital helipad, which is on the doorstep of the Emergency Department. It also means that critical care transfers, where patients are moved from one hospital to another for specialist treatment, are made more quickly and more safely.

“We are delighted to see the re-opening of the helipad. Air Ambulances can be an effective way of getting faster access to hospitals and are enormously valuable in transferring patients from rural areas of the county or where road access is difficult. Helicopter transport enables the ill or injured to reach expert care in A&E sooner, giving them the best possible chance of surviving. We are grateful to the County Air Ambulance Trust for making the re-opening possible.”

Maggie Arnold, Emergency Care Programme Director