Luton and Dunstable University Hospital receives new donation for helipad

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Ben Small, Paediatric Emergency Department Unit Manager, Simon Linnett, L&D Chairman and Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal. Credit: HELP Appeal

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital, UK, has taken another step towards getting its own onsite helipad after the HELP Appeal announced that it will be contributing a further £500,000 towards its total costs.

The UK charity contributes funds for hospital helipads, and with its new donation, will be giving £2.5 million towards Luton and Dunstable University Hospital’s total cost of £5 million. It is hoped that the helipad will be completed and operational by summer 2020.

“We go where we are needed most and Luton and Dunstable Hospital needed our help,” said Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal. “This helipad will allow the East Anglian Air Ambulance and other AAs to land a critically ill patient on site, where he or she can be transferred comfortably and smoothly to a consultant’s care within a matter of minutes. This is a must when the slightest jolt or delay by road ambulance could jeopardise their survival.”

Simon Linnett, Chairman of the hospital, thanked the HELP Appeal for their donation, adding: “This helipad will provide a life-changing facility for our community which will link directly into the centre of our leading Emergency Department. We can only achieve our life-saving ambitions with the support of funders like the HELP Appeal and the local community.”

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