Ipswich Hospital Helipad celebrates its first year in operation

Ipswich Hospital Helipad celebrates its first year in operation

Some fantastic news regarding the Helipad installed at Ipswich Hospital as it celebrates its first full year in operation. The Helipad’s full £250,000 cost has been funded by the County Air Ambulance Trust Help Appeal. It is wonderful to see how some of the money raised by the Wills Legal Charity Will scheme is being used to help the public throughout the country.

The new helipad was equipped with lighting, which has enabled three air ambulances – including East Anglian Air Ambulance – to land during darkness hours, allowing seriously ill or injured patients to arrive at the hospital around the clock for the first time.

Ipswich Hospital’s former helicopter landing space was on the neighbouring Copleston High School field. It would take between 15 and 20 minutes to reach the hospital’s Emergency Department from the field. Over the past year, the new helipad has saved around 1340 minutes of transfer time for all of the patients who have flown to the hospital with 72 landings from critically ill patients across the East Anglia region, who have been flown in by air ambulance since the new Helipad came into operation.

Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal said: “Over the past year critically ill patients have no longer had to make a lengthy journey to access the expert treatment they need immediately. Saving time saves lives. That’s why we fund as many hospital helipads as we can.”

Dr Neil Berry, a consultant anaesthetist at Ipswich Hospital and East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “The installation of a 24 hour helipad at Ipswich Hospital was a huge step forward for the region in maintaining that patient’s get the very best care – as quickly as possible – unrestricted by the time of day. When we need to get a critically ill patient to hospital, every second counts. This new facility is making a huge difference to patient’s lives and EAAA and hospital staff were privileged to be asked to officially open the helipad last year. As we look to increase our service in 2020 to fly 24/7 across the region, we expect that we will make use of this helipad even more than we already do.”