A U.S Air Force CV-22B Osprey has rendered a British hospital’s helipad inoperable.
Air ambulances are currently unable to land at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, the major trauma centre for the East of England.
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Dr Victor Inyang, Medical Director of East Anglian Air Ambulance:
“Due to an incident at the Cambridge University Hospitals helipad involving a military aircraft on Wednesday 21 April the helipad is temporarily unavailable to air ambulances. The next closest helipad is at Cambridge City Airport, where one of the East Anglian Air Ambulance teams is based. It will be possible for the EAAA helipad to be used as an alternative landing site during this time and have patients transferred to Addenbrooke’s from there by land ambulance. Addenbrooke’s is the major trauma centre for the region, therefore quick and efficient transfer of critically ill or injured patients to the hospital is vital. Using the EAAA helipad is the best alternative while the CUH helipad is reinstated.”
Maj Keavy Rake, from the USAF 48th Fighter Wing, said:
“The area was surveyed according to our policies and procedures and some damage did occur. We are taking steps to rectify as soon as possible. Our units are continuously coordinating with our local partners to improve operations. We are greatly appreciative of the relationship and coordination we have with the U.K.”