Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) £3 million helipad complete
WORK on a £3 million helipad on the roof of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) is now complete.
The 25-square metre aluminium deck which sits four metres above the existing roof level of the hospital's Queen’s Building will start operating in 2014.
It will connect to the new ward block via a steel ramp leading to a new lift lobby.
Professor Jonathan Benger, consultant in emergency medicine at the BRI, said: "The helipad will enable patients to be transferred rapidly and efficiently to specialist services in our hospitals from throughout the South West and will increase their chance of survival and a good recovery.
"It will support UH Bristol to fulfil its role as the Paediatric Major Trauma Centre for the South West and the Regional Centre for Primary Angioplasty [emergency treatment for a heart attack]."
Construction started back in June.
The helipad will connect directly to the adult emergency department as well as to services within the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
The Bristol Heart Institute will also receive patients transferred by helicopter for cardiac treatment. A grant of £500,000 has been provided by the HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal to support the helipad’s construction.
The deck is part of a wider programme of work currently underway across the BRI by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol), which incorporates a new ward block and welcome centre.
Access to the helipad will be via two new lifts and there will be two fire escape staircases.
Deborah Lee, director of strategic development at UH Bristol, said: "We are delighted that the helipad has been built on time and in budget, and that it complies with Civil Aviation Authority design standards.
"The construction team will now complete all the electrical and mechanical services of the installation to make the helipad fully functional by the New Year. The next steps will then be to ensure the helipad is tested by the air ambulance operators ahead of its opening."
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