Pirate FM News

VIDEO: £2m Landing Pad Will "Help Save Lives"

air ambulance

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:05am 24th September 2014. (Updated at 12:09pm 24th September 2014)

£2m is to be spent to help save Cornish lives.

The money is going on a new helipad at Derriford, where the Duchy's air ambulance lands.

At the moment emergency choppers have to use a small patch of grass - or land further away.

That means valuable time is lost, transferring the patient by land ambulance to the southwest's major trauma centre.

Work is set to start on the new landing spot to ensure it is ready to start operating next summer.

Cornwall Air Ambulance chief executive Paula Martin said: "This is great news for Cornish patients who need to be flown to the region's major trauma centre. For these patients, seconds really do count.
 
"For much of Cornwall, the only way to get a patient to Derriford quickly is by helicopter and so proper landing facilities are essential. The new helipad will safeguard our ability to get our patients to the major trauma centre fast, no matter whether that is during the day or after dark."
 
Cornwall Air Ambulance and representatives from the hospital Trust took the appeal to Westminster in June  at the Association of Air Ambulance's All Party Parliamentary Group Reception, where the campaign received support from all of Cornwall's MPs.
 
Ms Martin continued: "We are immensely grateful for the support this appeal received from our local MPs, the media and the public, and want to congratulate Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust on getting this campaign to the point where work can now begin within weeks.
 
"With the excellent helipad facilities at Treliske and spades about to hit the ground on the new Derriford Helipad, Cornish patients will soon have access to the best network of hospital helipads in the country."
 
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.

You can watch what it is like to land a helicopter on the existing site here...

 

some great deals from pirate fm
Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

LISTEN: This 999 call helped save a man from Penzance

Cornwall News: Keith has thanked the crew who saved his life

House of Fraser's flagship Oxford Street store saved from closure

National News: House of Fraser's flagship store in London's Oxford Street has been spared closure, new owner Sports Direct has said.

Trending in Cornwall

WATCH: Warning for Cornwall amid measles outbreak

Almost 600 children in the Duchy could be at risk

Appeal after 'assault' in Newquay town centre

It allegedly happened in the early hours of the morning

VIDEO: The Cornish workers forced to claim benefits

More than 2,000 claimants do not earn enough

WATCH: Baby christened in Truro circus tent

This isn't something you see every day!

Old toilet block in Newlyn goes up for auction

The sea-view site is expected to scoop over £15,000

Driver airlifted after crash in Cornish village

A man was injured after a tractor and a car hit

A coast path fall leaves a woman in hospital

The casualty was stretchered to safety near Pentewan

WATCH: Trago Christmas lights go on... in AUGUST!

The Falmouth display was switched on by accident

Reports of people trapped by fire in Newquay

Smoke was billowing from the building on Monday

The plans to merge three churches near Redruth

One could be demolished and sold-off for housing

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall