This month, Sheffield Northern General Hospital’s helipad has seen 243 landings over the past two years. That’s an average of 121 landings each year and two landings every week from the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The rooftop helipad became operational in 2016 and enables patients across Sheffield, South Yorkshire, parts of the Humber, Derbyshire and the East Midlands with critical illnesses or injuries to be flown directly to the hospital to receive immediate lifesaving treatment.
The HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads and relies entirely on public donations – contributed a total of £1million towards the £2 million building costs.
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, said: “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 emergency department can play a significant part too as it saves time when transporting a patient to the expert care they need to save their lives. This is why we felt compelled to get involved and help the hospital as we knew the difference having it onsite would make.
“The support of the air ambulances and the excellent emergency care team at Sheffield Northern General Hospital – this incredible team of helicopters, helipad and hospital doctors – has made a huge difference to people in Sheffield and beyond, who may urgently need a blood transfusion, CT scan or any other life-saving treatment after suffering a critical illness or injury.”