King’s helipad gets planning permission

04 December 2013 - King’s College Hospital has been granted planning permission to build a helipad on the hospital site.

Helipad on Ruskin Wing

The helipad will be built on top of the existing ten-storey Ruskin Wing building at the hospital in Denmark Hill, south east London.

King’s is home to the largest Major Trauma Centre in the South of England. It is also the ‘hub’ for the South East London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) major trauma network, which covers 5.5 million people, or 7.8% of the UK population.

The trauma team at King’s regularly feature in the Channel 4 documentary series ’24 Hours in A&E’, which is filmed at the hospital.

The journey to the Emergency Department at King’s from the current landing pad in nearby Ruskin Park takes up to 25 minutes. A helipad on the hospital site will ensure a patient arrives in A&E within 5 minutes, reducing transport time by 80%. The first few minutes after an incident is critical.

Mr Robert Bentley, Director of Trauma at King’s, said: “This represents a real game-changer for King’s, and the patients we treat. It will mean faster access to x-rays and scans, earlier delivery of blood, and less movement of patients. We already provide first rate care, but this will mean faster transfer times, and potentially save lives.”

The helipad at King’s will be paid for from charitable funds, which the hospital is currently in the process of trying to secure. The County Air Ambulance Trust HELP appeal has already kindly donated £1 million towards the project. The hospital needs to raise a further £3.5 million.

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