The HELP Appeal has made an initial donation of £500,000 to go towards the installation of a helipad at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, UK. The donation is part of a £1 million pledge made by the charity to help fund the redevelopment.
The new helipad, which will be situated on the roof of the Thomas Kemp Tower, will allow direct and time efficient access into the hospital’s emergency department, ensuring that patients receive emergency attention as quickly as possible, said the HELP Appeal. It will be served by a new lift that will give speedy access from the roof of the building to emergency, resuscitation and trauma services.
The HELP Appeal provides funding for providing helicopter landing pads at major trauma centres and key accident and emergency hospitals across England and Scotland.
Robert Bertram, chief executive of the HELP Appeal, said: “The new helipad at The Royal Sussex County Hospital will help to ensure that patients get the fastest access to the often life-saving treatment they require. Life-saving infrastructure such as this doesn’t just save time; the seamless transfer process into the hospital’s emergency and trauma department will help to prevent any further patient trauma or longer-term complications, [which] can often arise from secondary road transfer.”
The helipad is scheduled to open in 2018.