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Filed under: New Air Ambulances — Posted by: Richard on December 25, 2011

A new helipad to be used by air ambulances transporting patients in need of emergency care has taken a huge step forward in the UK, with sections of the landing area already in place.

The new facility at the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey was only started in early December, and with the new sections going in already, progress can really be seen.

It has clearly pleased staff at the hospital, with the clinical director for emergency medicine at Frimley Park, Prem Premachandran, stating:

“…it is really taking shape now… We’re all really excited.”

The air ambulance facility is part of an ambitious overhaul of the Accident and Emergency department at the hospital; the first major construction since it opened nearly 40 years ago.

However, though likely to be completed in January 2012, it will not be fully operational until May, when the A&E department is due for completion.

To deliver the state of the art facility, hospital staff and members of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust have worked closely together. The work will continue too, with many people at the hospital having to be trained as standby fire crews for landings.

As well as being used to transport critically ill patients, the facility will also be used to transfer inpatients to specialist care centre throughout the UK.

With more and more people living in the South East of England and attracting thousands of visitors each year, the helipad adds another much needed facility in the region.

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