The new helipad allows 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 April 2013, Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital was designated as one of the country’s Major Trauma Centre’s able to provide first‐class care for the most extreme and urgent medical trauma cases.  It is one of just 26 in England and serves a population of approximately 1.8 million covering all of South Yorkshire and parts of the Humber, Derbyshire and the East Midlands.

Although there was already a helipad at the hospital, it was built many years ago and did not fit the specifications of today’s aircrafts. Due to its location patients had to be transferred to the emergency department by land ambulance which added extra time and resource to an already critical case. So in 2014 we launched a £2million appeal and set out to bring a state-of-the-art helipad to our city.

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

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, a new industry-leading helipad facility is now located just 30 metres from the Major Trauma Centre which means patients are just a trolley push away from lifesaving treatment, 24 hours a day.

Twenty five year-old Daniel Draper knows only too well the importance of the air ambulance and the Emergency Department as they helped to save his life after a motorbike accident. Daniel was thrown from his bike into woodland and suffered horrific injuries, which resulted in him having eight hours of surgery on arrival at hospital and having to be induced into a coma to recover.

"It’s 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 amount of blood I had lost.  I am eternally grateful to all the medical team who put me back together.” 

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

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