New Derriford Helipad Could Be A Lifesaver For Islands’ Patients

garrison air ambulanceThe time it takes for islanders and visitors to receive specialist care for serious injuries could be shortened following the announcement by Cornwall Air Ambulance that Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital is getting a new helipad.

They say that the vital time saved in transporting patients will make a dramatic difference.

Derriford is the South West’s Major Trauma Centre and £1.7m of funding has been agreed for a purpose-built helipad, which will be in operation by Summer 2015.

With the arrival of its new night-capable aircraft in December 2014 Cornwall Air Ambulance will be able to extend its operations into the hours of darkness, making full use of the new helipad facilities at Derriford.

Cornwall Air Ambulance spokesperson Tom Matthews, said for patients on the Isles of Scilly, this new facility will make a huge difference, safeguarding the helicopter’s ability to land at Derriford into the future, even after dark.

Tom says if a patient can get to the Major Trauma Centre within 45 minutes, they can bypass closer hospitals in favour of the specialist care and equipment available at Derriford.

For patients on the islands, clearly the only way to reach here within this 45 minute timescale is by helicopter, he says.

There’s no doubt this new facility will help save lives, says Tom.