The helipad at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital was made possible, in part, by charity HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads).
The charity say that on average there has been three landings every week since the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital opened in 2015. Positioned on the rooftop of The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and with funding support from the HELP Appeal, the large helipad sits at the heart of this brand new state-of-the-art facility. Its size enables larger search and rescue helicopters, such as Sea Kings, to land as well.
The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital is a 1,677 bed acute hospital located in Govan in the south-west of Glasgow. The hospital comprises a newly built 1,109 bed adult hospital, a 256 bed children’s hospital and two major A&E departments, one for adults and one for children in addition to buildings retained from the former hospital. It is the largest hospital campus in Europe.
The helipad design enables time savings as patients are taken directly into the appropriate treatment department.
Andrew Robertson, former chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:
“I would like, on behalf of our staff and patients, to personally thank the HELP Appeal for their magnificent donation. It’s bringing real benefits to patients and helping save lives across Scotland.”
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, said as quote dby the Eventine Times:
“It’s great to see how the HELP Appeal’s donation has made such a difference to a significant number of critically ill patients who were rescued from across Glasgow and Scotland. As their injuries were so severe, every second counted in getting them to the expert care they urgently needed.
We are so proud that the HELP Appeal, through the construction of this onsite hospital helipad, has helped the hospital achieve this for all of the patients affected over the past two years.”
John Brown, current chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said:
“The HELP Appeal raises funds to build or update existing helipads around the country. The helipad at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital allows patients to be flown to the hospital with direct access to our emergency department.”
This can mean the difference between life and death and I’d encourage everyone to support this important charity.”
The HELP Appeal has raised £700,000 from public donations and can be found at http://helpappeal.org.uk/