Liverpool Aintree Hospital

HOSPITAL TYPE: MAJOR TRAUMA CENTRE

STATUS: OPERATIONAL

A new £1m helicopter landing pad at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool opened in July 2017 following an inaugural test flight by the North West Air Ambulance.

Medics say the helipad will save vital minutes when transferring trauma patients from air ambulances into the hospital, which is part of the regional Major Trauma Centre together with neuro specialists at the Walton Centre.

Previously air ambulances have had to land on the playing fields in Lower Lane, after which a road ambulance is sent to transfer patients to Aintree’s £35m Urgent Care and Trauma Centre. This can add up to half an hour to the journey. But, with the new helipad, it will take just a few minutes.

Simon Scott, clinical director for major trauma at Aintree, said:

“The trauma centre treats patients who are seriously injured and, in those circumstances, every second counts and being able to minimise the transfer time will make a huge difference to our patients and will help us save more lives.”