King’s helipad is now open
Thanks to our amazing supporters, we are thrilled that our first ever helipad is now open. The new helipad will save thousands of lives, helping the hospital serve its trauma population of 4.5 million people across south east London and Kent.
Built on top of the hospital’s 10-storey Ruskin Wing, the helipad has been made possible thanks to thousands of supporters and a multi-million-pound donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal.
The new helipad will speed up the time it takes helicopters to transfer critically ill patients to King’s, and reduce ‘landing-to-resus’ transfer times to just five minutes. Previously, helicopters landed in nearby Ruskin Park and patients were transferred to King’s by road – a process which could take as long as 25 minutes.
Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff is Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine at King’s, and also works with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, which is a charity providing a Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS). He carries out shifts with the Trust, and as a HEMS doctor.
He said: ‘We are incredibly pleased that the helipad at King’s is ready to be operational. It’s very exciting for King’s, the patients we treat, and our staff, who go above and beyond every single day to save people’s lives.’
Mr Robert Bentley, Clinical Director of the King’s Trauma Centre (KTC) and South East London Kent and Medway (SELKaM) Major Trauma Network, added: ‘We are very grateful to the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal, plus other donors and fundraisers – without their generous contributions, the helipad would not have been possible. We are looking forward to bringing world-class trauma facilities to King’s – which is already a Major Trauma Centre – and saving even more lives.’
Thank you to everyone who has made this possible.
Picture: Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff, ClinicalDirector for Emergency Medicine at King’s (left) and Rob Bentley, Clinical Director of the King’s Trauma Centre (right) on the new helipad.
Watch doctors and nurses from 24 Hours in A&E explain how a helipad would help them save more lives: