Southampton General Hospital’s helipad has seen 2021 landings over the past seven years. That’s an average of over five landings every week from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) and other AA services since 2011.
The helipad became operational in 2011 after the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads, contributed £1 million to its construction. The helipad enables patients with critical illnesses or injuries to be flown directly to the hospital to receive immediate lifesaving treatment.
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. We are delighted to see the difference it is making.”