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Air Ambulance returns to Gloucestershire Royal

PUBLISHED: 17:41 01 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:41 20 February 2013

Air Ambulance returns to Gloucestershire Royal

Air Ambulance returns to Gloucestershire Royal

Gloucestershire firm Cheltenham Surfacing have extended the helipad at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, bringing the facility back into use so air ambulances can once again get patients to the hospital.

Air Ambulance returns to Gloucestershire Royal



Gloucestershire firm Cheltenham Surfacing have extended the helipad at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, bringing the facility back into use so air ambulances can once again get patients to the hospital."¨"¨



The hospital helipad closed in April 2011 due to the construction of a new multi-storey car par park and changes to Civil Aviation Authority regulations. "¨"¨



The project to extend the helipad and bring it back into use was funded by the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads Appeal (part of the County Air Ambulance Trust) and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.



Maggie Arnold, Emergency Care Programme Director at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, said; We are delighted to see the helipad re-open. Air ambulances can be an effective way of getting faster access to hospitals and are enormously valuable in transferring patients from rural areas of the county or where road access is difficult. Helicopter transport enables the ill or injured to reach expert care in A&E sooner, giving them the best possible chance of surviving.



In an emergency every second of every minute of every hour counts and when the clock starts ticking off the minutes of the Golden Hour, the difference between life and death is often a fast flying helicopter with appropriate landing facilities."¨"¨



Commenting on the helipad Robert Bertram, charity director at County Air Ambulance Trust, said:


This project is unique in the fact that a facility was already in place but it was unable to be used due to new CAA rules. It was extremely important to us and everyone involved that the helipad became operational again, and were delighted to see it back in action. Being able to fly directly to the A&E department will make a huge difference for patients across Gloucestershire."¨"¨



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