We are always looking to improve our facilities so we can provide the best possible patient care. Here are some current and recent refurbishment and construction projects.
Our helipad at King's College Hospital is one of only three in London. It helps save thousands of lives and assists the hospital in serving its trauma population of 4.5 million people across south east London and Kent.
Operational since October 2016, the helipad has reduced the time it takes helicopters to transfer critically ill patients 'from landing to resus’ to just 5 minutes. Previously, helicopters had to land in nearby Ruskin Park and patients were transferred to King’s by road, which could take up to 25 minutes.
The helipad was possible thanks to a multi-million-pound donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. In addition, more than 2,600 patients, staff, and members of the local community generously donated £500,000 to the hospital’s Time is Life Appeal.
Helipad night landings
In March 2019, we became the first hospital Trust in London to be granted permission for air ambulances to land at night. This ensures patients get the same level of timely care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Before night landings were introduced, the helipad operated from 7am to 9pm. Any trauma patients who needed specialist treatment and care outside of these hours were brought to King's by road ambulance.
Following engagement with local residents and Lambeth Council, air ambulances can land at the helipad 24/7. This reduces transfer time from the Kent coast from 2 hours to just 25 minutes.
On average, one to two air ambulances a week land at King's at night. Most nighttime emergency patients still arrive by road ambulance. Patients are brought by road if they are already close to the hospital and the reduced transfer time the air ambulance could achieve is unlikely to affect their recovery.
The operational costs for the extended service are covered by Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Have your say
To help us assess the impact the helipad and night landings are having on our patients and local community, please fill in our helipad feedback form.
Critical Care Centre
Work has begun to create a new, 60-bed Critical Care Centre.
The facility is being built on top of an existing surgical block. Set over two floors and equipped with state-of-the-art assessment and monitoring equipment, it will provide a better environment for critically unwell patients as well as the staff treating them.
Patients will spend weeks and sometimes months in the Critical Care Centre. So medical staff and patients are working with our facilities team on the interior design, to ensure it provides the best possible environment for patients to help them get better. This is also important for patients’ relatives, who often spend hours and days by their bedsides. The Centre will also have a specially-designed rooftop garden, allowing patients who are on life support to spend some time outdoors.
Our news section has the latest on opening dates for the Centre.