Isle of Skye: Portree Helipad

HOSPITAL TYPE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE HELIPAD

STATUS: OPERATIONAL

Portree helipad has been officially re-opened on Skye following an extensive refurbishment programme, to provide a base for two rapid emergency response helicopters on the island to treat patients in urgent trauma cases thanks to the HELP Appeal.

The new helipad capability will save vital minutes when transferring trauma patients by air ambulance to hospital and the Scottish Ambulance Service believes it will ultimately save more lives.

The helipad will be used jointly by the Scottish Ambulance Service and the HMS Coastguard and will provide an important additional resource for the island.