MP Says Air Ambulance Needs Better Helipad At Derriford

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Scilly’s MP says he’s pushing for improvements to the helipad at Derriford hospital.

The Plymouth hospital has been designated as the place where major trauma patients in the region will be taken for treatment, rather than Treliske.

But MP Andrew George, who met with staff and friends of Cornwall Air Ambulance at Westminster this week, says he’s been told that the landing and helicopter service facilities are not up to standard.

They’ll need between £1m and £2m spending to bring them up to scratch.

Andrew says he’s pleased that the Air Ambulance will fly a second helicopter from December 2014 and will extend their flying times to cover some night operations. The improved capacity and navigational aids will allow a 7am to 7pm service.

That’s welcome, he says, considering the uncertainty around the search and rescue contract when the RNAS Culdrose service ends.