Thanks to a £1,650,000 donation from the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads – work on a new helipad is progressing well at the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) in Brighton.
In addition to the helipad’s construction, the donation was also dedicated to the installation of a state of the art Deck Integrated Fire Fighting System (DIFFS). Using a series of nozzles, which are integrated into the helipad and spray water and foam, it extinguish a fire within 15 seconds, protecting the helipad and hospital, ensuring the safety of those on deck and avoiding the need for a hospital evacuation.
The helipad, which is part of a major redevelopment of the hospital, is due to become operational in 2019. It will enable air ambulances to land directly on the hospital site for the first time – a massive boost to the Hospital’s role as the region’s major trauma centre ensuring patients receive emergency attention as quickly as possible.
The hospital has shared breath taking aerial shots and footage of the helipad where construction is progressing well.
The HELP Appeal looks forward to the helipad opening in 2019.