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31 May 2024

Air Ambulance charities welcome 24/7 helipad planning at Addenbrooke's




The region’s air ambulance charities have welcomed planning permission for a 24/7 helipad at Addenbrooke’s, the region’s Major Trauma Centre, to improve patient outcomes.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT), East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and Magpas Air Ambulance currently have use of a temporary helipad at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. A recent planning application was submitted and approved by the Local Authority to extend the permitted hours of use from 07:00-21:00 to a 24/7 basis. This will ensure that patients can be transported quickly to emergency care facilities during these extended periods.

The 24/7 helipad at Addenbrooke’s, which became operational from 20 May 2024, is a huge, positive step for patients transferred by the air ambulance charities: It will reduce the need and time for additional transfers by land ambulance, ensuring critically injured and unwell patients from anywhere in the region can receive quicker treatment from the Major Trauma Centre, regardless of the time of day or night. This will also help to reduce discomfort for patients and pressure to an already complex medical emergency.

From road traffic collisions to cardiac arrests to medical emergencies, the specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots at the three air ambulance charities bring the advanced skills, equipment and medicine – normally only found in a specialist emergency department – directly to the patient’s side in the fastest time possible. This, combined with quick onward transfer to the most appropriate hospital, gives every patient experiencing a medical or trauma emergency the best chance of survival.

Dr Tony Joy, Medical Director at EHAAT welcomes the extension, ‘With Addenbrooke’s being a primary Major Trauma Centre for Essex, Hertfordshire, and the surrounding regions, we frequently transport patients there. The plans to develop a 24/7 helipad landing site are hugely welcome and will lead to a reduction in transfer times for critically ill and injured patients, helping to improve their clinical outcomes. EHAAT and other charities are working tirelessly on the campaign to improve local and national helipad infrastructure, and we look forward to continuing this collaborative work alongside our neighbouring air ambulances, EAAA and Magpas Air Ambulance as we collectively strive to deliver the most effective critical care to our local communities.’’

Kate was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s following a car accident. See her story here



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