The final push for King’s Helipad Appeal!
Thanks to the public’s incredible generosity, we’ve raised £2.2 million to build a helipad on the roof of King’s – but we still need one final push to raise enough money to complete it.
Here, Dr Malcolm Tunnifcliff, Clinical Director and Consultant in Emergency Medicine and hero of 24 Hours in A&E, explains why the helipad will make such a difference.
‘It seems like I’ve been talking about the incredible difference a King’s helipad would make to my team in the Emergency Department and our patients forever.
‘Since we launched our appeal, 127 helicopters have brought seriously ill patients to King’s – that’s nearly one a day. A further 18 patients were taken to hospitals with a helipad, even though they were in our network, because the time delay between landing in Ruskin Park and receiving the lifesaving treatment they needed was just too great a risk.
‘Currently, the air ambulance has to land in Ruskin Park before being transferred to the ambulance that takes them to King’s. As you can see from this aerial image of the route, the speed bumps along the way and length of the journey mean that it can take up to 25 minutes to transfer patients from air ambulance to A&E. The helipad will reduce this time to just five minutes.
‘The helipad will provide direct lift access to the Emergency Department, CT scanner, and operating theatres, saving even more time and giving patients the best chance of survival. It will even be large enough to land an army helicopter, the only site in Greater London capable of landing one.
‘We hope to begin the first phase of construction before this Christmas. Then huge cranes will be a permanent fixture on the roof until summer 2015, when we hope to complete the build. I am so proud and thrilled that the public has helped to raise almost £2.2 million to fund the build, but we are still some way from reaching our target.
‘In winter, icy conditions and freezing temperatures make it even harder for air ambulances to land in Ruskin Park. Please help us complete our helipad on the roof of King’s before next winter starts. Together, we can bring people in a critical condition to this exceptional hospital much, much faster.’