Helipad appeal’s £250,000 boost

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A £2 million fundraising appeal to build a new helipad at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital has been given a £250,000 boost.

Sheffield based health insurer Westfield Health made the staggering donation last month - and construction work on the new helipad is now underway as a result.

The new helipad will be located close to the Major Trauma Centre at the hospital, meaning that life-saving treatment can be given to patients within seconds of landing.

The hospital’s existing helipad, which was built more than 20 years ago, is located further from the trauma centre, meaning patients are currently transferred from the helicopter into an ambulance and driven to the emergency department, increasing the risk of discomfort or further complications.

David Reynolds, Director of Sheffield Hospital Charity, which is running the appeal, said: “When a patient is airlifted to the hospital with major trauma, the faster they receive specialist treatment the higher their chances are of surviving. This means that every second really can count.

“Our new helipad will allow the time between landing and being treated to be reduced significantly. This means patients can receive treatment literally within seconds of arriving at the hospital in the helicopter and ultimately this will help us save lives.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Westfield Health for it’s incredibly generous contribution.”

The Northern General became a major trauma centre in April 2013 and is one of 26 across England, serving a population of around 1.8 million.

Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore said: “Northern General is such an important facility and the new helipad will enable the team to treat patients quickly and efficiently.”