Helipad "best in the region" according to top emergency doctor

A top emergency doctor has concluded that the newly constructed helipad at Southampton General Hospital is the "best in the region".

Dr David Sutton, consultant anaesthetist for UHS and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, said: “We are thrilled to have an onsite helipad and it has far exceeded all our expectations. Not only is this helipad one of the most convenient to use, it is coupled with the world class treatment available at Southampton General Hospital making it the best in the region."

The £1.2 million helipad, which is located on top of the main car park, is less than a minute away from the emergency department and is able to accept landings 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

From surgical emergencies to heart attacks and strokes, the helipad has seen over 80 landings from five different emergency helicopter operators since its first flight on 17 November 2011.

The design, positioning and flexibility of the helipad has been so successful that the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pad (HELP) appeal, who helped fund the construction, are now using the Trust’s helipad as a template to roll out nationally.

Dr Sutton added: "The on scene paramedics have a matter of minutes to make a huge amount of decisions about the most appropriate hospital to send their patients to. With the great landing and hospital facilities that UHS has, Southampton is now seen as the default centre for major trauma patients.

"It is a crucial piece of live-saving equipment, providing more rapid access to care for patients across Hampshire - including the Isle of Wight – Wiltshire, Dorset and beyond. I am not sure how we coped without it."

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