The new Helipad at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight, was formally opened by HRH The Duke of Kent KG on Tuesday 12th November.
The new Helipad became operational on the afternoon of Friday 17th May and was used for the first transfer of a patient by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance on 22nd May at 14:45hrs. The Helipad enables patients with life threatening injuries to be flown from the Trauma Unit at St Mary’s to the Trauma Centre at University Hospital Southampton or to other specialist centres. In an urgent situation the turn round time on the Helipad is around four minutes.
HRH also opened the hospital’s new unique Integrated Care Hub call centre which will manage and co-ordinate all emergency, urgent and unscheduled care for the Island.
Photograph by Ron Murrant, HIOWAA