RMCH Helipad Appeal complete and ready to take flight

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In 2016, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity launched its Helipad Appeal, aiming to raise £3.9 million to build a brand-new helicopter landing site on its Oxford Road site.

The first of its kind in central Manchester, the helipad will allow the 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.

When a child receives a major trauma injury, the speed with which they can get specialist medical help can be the difference between life and death or between recovering and recovering well. The first 60 minutes after sustaining such an injury is known as the ‘Golden Hour’ and is crucial in determining to what extent that person can be saved. Travelling by air ambulance rather than by road can dramatically reduce the time it takes patients to reach major trauma or specialist treatment centres.

The helipad construction has recently reached a major milestone, with the completion of the landing pad, including the all-important ‘H’. The Trust has also now appointed two Helipad Officers, who will work under the Senior Helipad Officer. Once the helipad is operational there will be a minimum of two qualified Helipad Officers onsite 24 hours a day, including one on the helideck at all times when a helicopter is onsite.

ANS Group employees’ fundraising efforts contributed over £3,200 towards the Helipad Appeal. The team raised funds by taking part in a dragon boat race and in the charity’s ‘Many Hands’ competition, which challenged businesses to compete to find the most innovative fundraising initiative.

The helipad is expected to be fully operational and taking flights by the end of March, which will make a huge difference to seriously ill or injured patients.

ANS CEO Paul Shannon said, “This is a huge achievement for everyone at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and we’re so proud to have played a part in it. We hope to see the helipad in use soon and making a difference to those who need it.”