2015 - June 2015

Work begins on Northern General Hospital’s new helipad – 30/06/15


The new Lord Mayor of Sheffield helped mark the official start of construction of the Northern General’s new helipad last week.

Councillor Talib Hussain took part in what is known as the ‘ground breaking ceremony’ for the new landing facility which is being funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity with their “Saving Time, Saving Lives” Appeal.

The new primary helipad, which will be sited right outside the doors of the existing emergency department, should be operational in spring 2016. Members of the Charity, key donors to the Helipad Appeal as well as dignitaries from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Henry Boot Construction, all gathered for the traditional photograph that marks the official start of large construction projects.

This new landing pad will enable patients requiring life-saving treatment to be delivered straight into the hands of the waiting trauma team within seconds of landing.

The Northern General Hospital (NGH) is one of just 26 trauma centres on the country and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by consultant-led specialist teams able to provide first-class care for the most extreme and urgent trauma cases. It serves a population of approximately 1.8 million covering all of South Yorkshire and parts of the Humber, Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

The appeal needs to raise a total of £2 million to complete the helipad. To date, just over £1.6 million has been pledged or donated leaving just under £400,000 still to find. To support this life-saving appeal, please visit www.sheffieldhelipad.com.

To see the appeal video, click here.

“It’s great to be here today to see how work is progressing on our fantastic new helipad. We’ve been planning this for a long time and it’s exciting for all the team in A&E and across the hospital to know that next spring it should be finished.
Every second really can count in saving lives and the new helipad should save around five minutes. It will also reduce the risk of complications and additional discomfort that comes from transferring people from the current landing site into a land ambulance, driving them up the road and then moving them again into the resus room.”

Dr Staurt Reid, Emergency Consultant & Trauma lead, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

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