HOSPITAL TYPE: ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY
HELIPAD STATUS: OPERATIONAL
The hospital’s previous helipad was located at the back of the school field at Copleston High School. It would take critically ill patients between 15 to 20 minutes to be transferred to the hospital. With the new helipad, it is considerably faster with this reduction in time offering seriously ill patients the best possible chance of survival and recovery.
The helipad will also mean the hospital and air ambulance teams can transfer patients from Ipswich Hospital for emergency treatment in other specialist centres quickly and smoothly.
There are three air ambulances operating five helicopters across the region which will be able to land on the new helipad, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance which treated and delivered 47 patients to Ipswich hospital in 2016/17. With a larger size of 25m x 25m and built-in lighting, air ambulance helicopters will also have the ability to land at the hospital in the hours of darkness for the first time.
This means significantly more patients will now be able to land at Ipswich Hospital and have access to its expert treatment because of these new developments.
The HELP Appeal funded the entire work with a Grant of £250,000.