A £1m helipad at Aintree University Hospital has seen more than 300 landings in three years.
The helipad, which was funded entirely by the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads, received its first patient in July 2017.
Since then, the region’s most seriously ill patients have been able to access the hospital’s Emergency Department and specialist trauma services in just a few seconds after landing in an air ambulance.
On average, it has had around two landings every week.
Before the helipad was built, patients arriving by air ambulance had to be met at a nearby playing field before being transported to the hospital by road ambulance, which could take up to 30 minutes.
Steve Warburton, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Aintree University Hospital, said: “The helipad has made a tremendous difference to the speed with which our colleagues in the ambulance service are able to get our region’s most seriously injured patients seen by our emergency and major trauma teams. I’d like to again thank the HELP Appeal for funding the helipad, on behalf of all those who have benefited from it.”
Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, said: “To have over 300 landings in just three years shows how vital this helipad is to Major Trauma Care in the region.”