Our latest project is a £3.9million appeal to build a dedicated helicopter landing pad at our central hospitals site.
Our Helipad Appeal will enable the creation of a brand-new 24-hour access primary helicopter landing site, the first in central Manchester, allowing our hospital to save many more lives and increase the chances of a full or improved level of recovery for many seriously ill or injured patients.
Located on the roof of the new multi-storey car park on Grafton Street, the helipad will be connected to the hospitals by a high-level link bridge and roof top corridor.
Four of the Trust’s eight hospitals are based on the Trust’s central Manchester site, including Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Saint Mary’s Hospital. Between them these three hospitals alone will see over one million patients every year and will look after patients from birth through to the end of life. Each offers an extensive and internationally recognised range of specialist services for critically ill patients which are not available at other hospitals within the North West region, making the creation of a suitable landing site an urgent requirement.
Travelling by air ambulance rather than by road can dramatically reduce the time it takes patients to reach major trauma or specialist treatment centres but our Trust does not currently have a dedicated landing pad.
Currently, the Trust relies upon a secondary landing site in a nearby park an arrangement which means that patients initially transported by air ambulance must then be transferred the final mile of their journey by land ambulance. A secondary transfer adds precious minutes to the overall transfer time with every moment’s delay greatly increasing the risk to life.
Our Appeal for an onsite helicopter landing site will ensure a stronger future for some of the most vulnerable people who have suffered very serious injury, and those requiring the very best care as quickly as possible.