Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has today announced that it is to postpone its plans to build a raised deck helipad in car park three at Queen’s Medical Centre. A new opportunity has recently arisen for a proposed new emergency care centre on the site, which would include an integral helipad.
Peter Homa, NUH Chief Executive, said: “As our plans to redevelop QMC in the years to come have progressed, an even better solution has emerged to build a helipad as part of a new urgent and emergency care centre development.
“The Trust remains committed to having an onsite helipad at QMC to ensure our most critically-injured major trauma patients get the best possible clinical outcomes. Our future ambition is to build a new urgent and emergency care centre with a helipad that provides direct access to our Emergency Department. Importantly, this will provide much faster access times and far fewer patient movements. Subject to the necessary regulatory and treasury approvals, we anticipate that the helipad could be constructed within five years.”
Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s supporters helped raise over £3m for the helipad, and the charity has now written to all donors and fundraisers to discuss these new plans with them. The £1m pledge from the County Air Ambulance remains in place and will be used when the new helipad is built.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity is here to support Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, and is guided by their clinical needs and decision- making. The Charity knows that NUH Trust has its patients’ best interests at heart and believes that the proposed new plans for an emergency care centre and integral helipad will improve patient care even further.
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We rely on the generosity of individuals, companies, community groups, in memory giving; even legacies, to support our charity’s appeals, for which we are ceaselessly grateful. Without this support, the Charity would not be able to fund a myriad of activities and projects that enhance the care of patients.
“In the case of the Helipad’s change in plans, we have contacted our donors to provide them with options relating to how they would like their donations to be managed. We recognise that donors may wish to see donations made to the Helipad Appeal have a much more immediate impact on patients at the hospital. For this reason we are working together to develop a special Nottingham Hospitals Charity-funded project to help enhance patient care within Nottingham’s incredibly busy emergency department.
“Should donors prefer that their donations be used only for the helipad project, they are being offered a full refund, which is understandable and their legal right. We hope all our supporters will understand we are complying with our statutory responsibilities to keep them informed, while offering them choices about how their donations are managed
“We are very grateful and pleased that our major funder, the HELP Appeal, recognises that the plans for a new integrated emergency care centre include an on-site helipad and offer an excellent opportunity for urgent and emergency care in Nottingham. They have confirmed that they are happy for their £1million helipad funding to be directed towards this new emergency landing provision.”
If you have any questions about the proposed changes or how your donation will be spent, please call Nottingham Hospitals Charity on 0115 962 7905 or email firstname.lastname@example.org