Care in the air for 4.5 million
Our helipad was funded by the donations of thousands of supporters and a contribution from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. It sits on top of the 10-storey Ruskin Wing at King’s College Hospital at Denmark Hill and covers a population of 4.5 million across south-east London and Kent.
“We are very grateful to the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, as well as all our donors and fundraisers. Without their generous contributions, the helipad would not have been possible.”
Robert Bentley, clinical director of the King’s Trauma Centre
The helipad speeds up the time taken to transfer critically ill patients to King’s, and reduces the time from landing to treatment to just five minutes. Previously, helicopters would land in nearby Ruskin Park and patients were transferred by road, which could take up to 25 minutes.
The stories of some of the extraordinary individuals who helped raise the funds needed to build the helipad illustrate the tremendous difference donations make to the quality of care King’s can offer its patients, particularly in situations where minutes can make the difference between life and death.