Posted on January 02, 2017

Hull hospital gets new helipad

Hull Royal Infirmary has been granted planning permission to install a new helipad that is closer to the A&E department.

Health bosses believe that moving the helipad means that more lives can be saved. At the present time, the air ambulance has to land in a field nearby, and then the patient is transported by road to A&E for treatment. However, this current landing site does not meet the guidance that has been issued by the Government and the Civil Aviation Authority. 

The new location for the helipad will be next to A&E. The department has recently been refurbished to the tune of £11 million. Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Director of Estates, Facilities and Development Duncan Taylor said that this new development has been a long time coming.

He said that the hospital serves as a major trauma centre, so putting the right infrastructure into place to support it is important. The hospital has patients arriving by air ambulance almost every day, but the current layout means that more time is taken to get the patient into the A&E department. 

There are three buildings on-site that will be demolished in order to create the new helipad. The Haughton Building is one of these, and it is one of the oldest parts of the hospital. The building is situated next to the Argyle Street bridge and was built in 1914. It was originally part of the workhouse hospital.

It is thought that the work on the new helipad will begin early next year.

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