By Emily Pearce
Saturday, February 23, 2013
From left, Paul Quinn, Chris Johnston and Wayne Bily working on the new helipad. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE construction of a new helipad at St Mary’s Hospital is well underway, with the work due to be completed by the end of March.
The £1.45 million helipad will enable patients with life-threatening injuries to be airlifted to Southampton General Hospital as quickly as possible.
Following a testing period once the work is completed, the service should be operational by late April.
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by T Rollingsworth
25th February 2013, at 13:56:30
Or is this at the back of St Mary's ? I can't really tell, either way, it's at ground level!
25th February 2013, at 13:55:41
I'm sure someone has mentioned this, but... £1.5 million seems like a lot of money for a helipad?By the looks of the pictures, it will still be in sea-close park? For that sort of money I'd expect it to be on the roof of St Mary's. Doesn't the current chopper land on the grass? I can see the advantage of having a hard-stand to make transfer quicker, but unless the thing is being made of solid gold I can't possibly see why it would cost more than 100k?
by Lee Majors
23rd February 2013, at 20:08:44
Mr Thomas, John, I know a lot about flying helicopters. I was a flight instructor in Belfast back in the day using my own chopper, I had to quit as my last pupil got too hot and turned the fan off.
by Jake Wallace
23rd February 2013, at 19:35:35
Mr Justice .. St mary should have a helicopter pad for the chances that patients need to be airlifted to another hospital. Not sure who authorised it, but at least he got the money from somewhere. As for having to airlift them in the first place .. does anyone have any idea what the hospital is equiped to deal with in the first place.
by John Thomas
23rd February 2013, at 16:14:18
If you idiots knew anything about flying helicopters or care of patients in a critical conditions you wouldn't be on here posting stupid comments
23rd February 2013, at 13:24:21
I have one word to say about St Marys hospital and wasted cash.. Koan.
by Darren Lawn
23rd February 2013, at 12:19:25
Seems everyone has a short memory .They built one befor to take the air sea rescue helicopters but as soon as they used it the pad started sinking in to the groundSo they did away with it.Let's hope the same does not happen with this one.
23rd February 2013, at 11:44:51
I can't see the whole picture here .. but is that just a metal platform to land on. Wouldn't a tarmaced surface be a better landing area of was this just cheaper. I can imagine doctors & nurses going head over **** on that, what with the downdraft from the chopper.Also it looks to be in the middle of the grass landing. So i'm expecting some sort of walkway to the hospital .. maybe they can cover it in woodchip to save some cash.Anyone else imagine the bennyhill theme tune playing when they actually have to use this.
by Lee Thomas
23rd February 2013, at 11:42:23
I still think this is a bit of a joke. everytime we have a seriously ill person on this rock we have to sent them across the water wasting valuable time. Why the hell do we have this huge hospital, with A&E and operating facilities to then have to say "sorry but we can not deal with this person here because we don't have the doctors or surgeons over here......" Seems a bit old fashioned to me. Then we wonder why Hampshire want to downsize or close our only main hospital!?
23rd February 2013, at 09:36:57
Mr Justice well they could do that, but they have £1.5 million left over from last years budget to blow, so rather than spend it on essential items like nursing staff and new beds (or even a bigger car park) they decided to spend it on this H pad just in case the Queen ever decides to pop in.
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