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    1700 Landings for Derriford Hospital in Four Years


    Plymouth Derriford Hospital’ Helipad, donated by the HELP Appeal, marks 1700 helicopter landings since opened in June 2015. That’s around eight landings per week

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    1700 Landings for Derriford Hospital in Four Years


    HELP Appeal, July 04, 2019 - After a £850,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was able to build a brand new helipad in June 2015.

    Four years on, it has seen 1700 landings from critically ill patients across the South West, who have been flown in by air ambulance and search and rescue helicopters.

    On average, that’s around eight landings per week.

    Before the helipad was built, the hospital only had a grassy area for air ambulances to land on beside A&E. But, as it could not accommodate larger search-and-rescue helicopters, their patients had to make life potentially life threatening secondary transfers by road from Plymouth Airport, which closed in 2011.

    With its larger, night-lit helipad just a short trolley ride to the emergency department, Derriford hospital has been able to accommodate all air ambulances and search-and-rescue helicopters within its grounds, as well as landings throughout the night.

    Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal said “It is clinically proven that there are risks to air ambulance patients who, after landing in a helicopter, have to finish their journey with a potentially life-threatening secondary transfer to hospital by road ambulance. Having a helipad that accommodates larger aircraft and is located as close as possible to the emergency department, does save lives and improves a patient’s chances of recovery. That’s why we fund helipads at as many hospitals as we are able.”




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    Newquay sector HM Coastguard     Her Majesty’s Coastguard
    Cornwall Air Ambulance UK Air Ambulances
    Derriford

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