The Chancellor’s announcement of £1.3 million LIBOR funding to develop an emergency Helipad in the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre has been heralded as “landmark and lifesaving” by Helipad Appeal coordinators Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart says: “With the East Midlands’ uniquely challenging combination of the largest patient population in England, as well as one of the widest geographical areas, access to a Helipad at our Major Trauma Centre at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham is vital to saving minutes and saving lives.
“The LIBOR funding is great news for the East Midlands and represents a landmark and lifesaving investment in our top-class hospitals here in Nottingham. Access to a Helipad at the Queens Medical Centre will help substantially reduce transfer times for injured patients to the Major Trauma Centre to under five minutes, saving many additional lives.”
Providing a Helipad at QMC’s Major Trauma Centre will also remove the need to specifically call the East Midlands Ambulance Service to send a crew to take injured people from off-site landing areas to the Trauma Centre, as is currently the case. This will save time and resources for the Ambulance Service.
This week’s LIBOR funding announcement means that Nottingham Hospitals Charity has now secured the full funding commitment for the Helipad’s development as part of the Charity’s fundraising campaign for the Helipad Appeal.