The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s helipad in Oswestry has seen 932 landings over the past nine years. That’s an average of two landings every week from the Midlands Air Ambulance and RAF helicopters.
The helipad became operational in 2009 and cost £400,000 to build. The HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, contributed the entire cost. The helipad enables patients, including those with spinal injuries to be flown directly to the hospital to receive immediate treatment.
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, said: “Being the very first helipad the HELP Appeal funded, we are very pleased that the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s helipad is being used so frequently and that patients are receiving life-saving treatment in the fastest possible time.
“Everyone is aware of the vital roles that hospitals and air ambulances play in treating a critically ill patient, but having a helipad beside the hospital can play a significant part too.
“It is clinically proven that there are risks to patients who, after landing in an air ambulance have to finish their journey to hospital by road ambulance. The delay in treatment and movement are both contributory factors to prolonged hospital stays, clotting and physical injury.
“This is why we felt compelled to get involved and help the hospital as we knew the difference having it onsite would make.”
Since the HELP Appeal funded the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital’s helipad in 2009, it has funded 23 more hospital helipads across the country – from Stornoway in Scotland to Plymouth in the South of England – which have received over 10,000 landings.