The new helipad provides an industry leading facility for air ambulances to land easily and for our teams to transfer patients straight into the Emergency Department. These precious minutes saved give us the best possible chance to save the life of the patient.

Dr Stuart Reid, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for Major Trauma

In the first year it was open, supporters helped to save the lives of more than 180 people.

The challenge

In April 2013, Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital was designated a Major Trauma Centre (MTC) able to provide first‐class care for the most extreme and urgent medical and trauma cases. Although there was a helipad at the hospital, it was built many years ago and was too small and too far from the MTC for the needs of trauma and emergency patients in our region.

The cost of developing a state‐of‐the‐art primary helipad at the Northern General Hospital was £2 million. This included clearing the site, building and equipping the platform and reconfiguring the existing ambulance bays. 

How we raised the £2 million

Recognising that every second really does count for emergency patients, our supporters took on the challenge to help raise the vital funds needed.

Some of the highlights included:

  • The annual Sheffield Fans Derby match between United and Wednesday fans, sanctioned by the FA and organised entirely by volunteers, raised £4,903.

  • A team of 13 Sheffield Teaching Hospital staff, friends and family, led by Dr Stuart Reid, Emergency Department Consultant and Major Trauma Lead, the team raised more than £3,000 via a sponsored bike ride through South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Stafford. These are the areas where over 1.8 million local people will benefit from the new helipad, should they require life-saving medical treatment.

  • Staff from B. Braun Medical Ltd chose to donate £1,000 from the firm’s Annual Chief Executive’s Honorary Award following discussions in an employee forum.

The difference you've made

I'm fortunate to be here today. I have been told it would have been extremely unlikely that I would have survived if I hadn't been flown to the Northern General Hospital, due to the severity of my injuries and the amount of blood I had lost.  I will be eternally grateful to all the medical team who put me back together.

Daniel Draper, involved in a motorcycle accident and airlifted to hospital

In the first 20 days following its opening, there were 10 air ambulance landings.

Now a modern, fully operational helipad, serving the local population of 1.8 million, means that critically ill patients are a quick trolley push away from a specialist team with access to the very best diagnostic and life-saving facilities.

Thank you!