Isle Of Wight: St Mary’s Hospital, Newport

HOSPITAL TYPE: ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY

HELIPAD STATUS: OPERATIONAL 

A significant investment from the HELP Appeal enabled a helipad to be opened in 2013 and is now used by Air Ambulances and HM Coastguard.

Not being on the mainland presents more acute challenges for accident teams dealing with life threatening injuries. The absence of a Major Trauma Centre on the island, means that patients sometimes need to be taken to Southampton for more specialist treatment and the option of a time consuming transfer by road and ferry, is not viable. An Air Ambulance departing from the perfectly positioned helipad provides the safest, quickest and most comfortable option.

Also part of the package was our funding of a new, covered walkway, to protect patients and staff during inclement weather.

“This fantastic new development enables patients with life threatening injuries to be flown from the trauma unit at St. Mary’s to the Trauma Centre at University Hospital Southampton, or to other specialist centres. It will also enable St. Mary’s to receive, more directly, patients who require transfer by helicopter from incidents elsewhere on the Island. We’re very grateful to everyone who has been involved in its development and to the County Air Ambulance Trust for their funding.”

Karen Baker, Isle of Wight NHS Trust Chief Executive