This week, Sadiq Khan MP was taken to the top of St George’s Hospital for an advance preview of the new helipad, as it undergoes its final tests before it begins to receive air ambulances.
The helipad cost £5 million to build and has been one and a half years in the making. £1 million of the funding was generously donated by the charity HELP.
This will be London’s second hospital helipad and will support South London, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance services. Using air ambulances speeds up the time it takes to transfer major trauma patients, such as victims of road traffic accidents, shootings, stabbings, falls from a height or major burns. The air ambulance team will also transfer patients to and from the hospital for specialist treatment. It will operate between 8am and 8pm to comply with the council’s noise restriction regulations.
The hospital is expecting to receive three air ambulances per week once the helipad goes in to operation in the coming weeks.
The completion of the helipad further solidifies the hospital’s position as one of the four major trauma centres in London where expert facilities and staff are available to save lives.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Here in Tooting we are very lucky to have such a brilliant hospital on our doorstep. St George’s does a great job of serving our community, and their new helipad will only help them to do an even better job. Now the helipad is completed, seriously ill patients can be transported to St George’s much more quickly, to receive world-class treatment.
“St George’s is one of only four major trauma centres in London, and I am pleased to say the completion of the helipad will further enable the hospital to attract the best staff to work there and to treat members of our community.
“It was a real pleasure to be given a sneak-preview of the helipad and to meet the team of dedicated staff involved in its construction and operating it once it is completed.”