Helipad to be built at St George’s Hospital in Tooting

16:57 18 September 2012

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An artist's impression of the helipad at St George's Hospital, Tooting.

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A £4million helipad is to be built at a hospital in south west London.

St George’s Hospital in Tooting will have the capital’s second hospital helipad, after the Royal London in Whitechapel, and the first south of the river.

The helipad will be built on the rooftop of St James Wing, with direct lift access to the hospital’s accident and emergency department. It will support air ambulances bringing the most seriously injured casualties for emergency treatment at the hospital, which provides the Major Trauma Centre for the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network.

Heather Jarman, clinical director for major trauma at St George’s, said: “We are at a pivotal time in the development of trauma care systems. With the emergence of Major Trauma Centres and rapid transfers, patients are getting the life-saving care they need, quicker than ever before.

“Helicopters are essential to the success of these systems. The helipad at St George’s Hospital will be only the second in London - a crucial addition to the healthcare infrastructure in the capital and the wider system.

“For a patient with life-threatening injuries, the key to improving their chance of survival is to get them as quickly as possible to a Major Trauma Centre, like St George’s Hospital, where facilities and expertise are concentrated to treat them. At the moment, air-lifted patients from South West London and Surrey often travel past St George’s Hospital, which naturally delays their care at a time when every second counts.”

The development will be partly funded through a grant of £1m from the County Air Ambulance Trust HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pad) Appeal.

Building work is scheduled to start in December 2012 and the helipad could be operational by summer 2013.

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