Hospital staff help raise cash for new helipad in Sheffield

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Staff from Sheffield’s Adult Major Trauma Centre at the Northern General Hospital are in training for a 200 mile bike ride to raise cash for a new helipad.

The 15 cyclists will get on their bikes on Saturday and cycle around South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North Derbyshire and the Peak District, covering the trauma centre’s catchment area.

Cash they raise will help pay for a new £2 million helipad to be built closer to the Northern General Hospital’s accident and emergency department in a bid to reduce the length of time it takes to transport seriously ill patients.

Dr Stuart Reid, emergency consultant and trauma lead for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “Organising this unique event has really focussed our minds on why we need the helipad and the people who will benefit.

“Sitting down with the map has really brought it home where the 1.8 million people in our catchment area come from and every single one of those could benefit should the worst happen to them or a loved one.

“We know how much every second counts for seriously injured patients, which is why we need the new helipad close to the doors of the emergency department.”