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World-class helipad comes to Christchurch Hospital

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Dr David Bowie has never been so excited about hearing the whirr of a helicopter, as it will mean the worldclass helipad at the new Christchurch Hospital Hagley building is ready for action. “We’ve been talking about a rooftop helipad for more than 20 years, and having it finally become a reality is amazing,” Clinical Leader of the Canterbury Air Retrieval Service Dr David Bowie says. “There’s no doubt it will result in a drastically improved patient experience, and also improved patient outcomes.” Getting the new helipad has been the principle task for the Māia Health Foundation, which set a bold goal to raise $2 million to help future-proof the rooftop helipad. “We wanted to take the helipad from good to great and together with our community, we’ve done it,” Māia Health Foundation Chief Executive Michael Flatman says. 6 | SPRING 2019

Initial plans for the Christchurch Hospital redevelopment included a single rooftop helipad. This design only catered to a limited-size aircraft and would have forced larger, long-range helicopters to continue landing in Hagley Park. “There are about 800 landings each year on the Hagley Park helipad, and with a 40 percent increase in emergency landings and transfers over the past three years we knew our community needed and deserved better – a facility that ensured we could provide world-class, life-saving treatment as quickly and as smoothly as possible,” Michael says. Thanks to Māia and the support of our community, the new helipad

is 30 percent bigger than initially planned, which enables two helicopters to be on the pad at the same time, including larger, longerrange aircraft. “Christchurch Hospital is home to the country’s busiest trauma centre, with patients flown here from all over the South Island and beyond. I’ve been at the front line of emergency care for more than 20 years and I know that this new helipad is going to help us continue to provide world-class emergency care.” This new helipad will save 13 minutes (on average) it currently takes to transfer a patient from the helipad in Hagley Park. And now life-saving stabilisation treatment

The new helipad will save 13 minutes (on average) it currently takes to transfer a patient from the helipad in Hagley Park. And now life-saving stabilisation treatment can be provided immediately upon touchdown, as Ma-ia’s fundraising also paid for a rooftop clinical support unit.

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