ABOVE: The project is the third HELP Appeal-funded helipad to open across the country this year

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened its new upgraded air ambulance landing site at Salisbury District Hospital, following work made possible by a £321,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, the country’s only charity dedicated to funding hospital helipads.

Approximately 60 patients arrive at Salisbury District Hospital each year via helicopter. Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the HELP Appeal, explained that it was “only right [patients] have a state-of-the-art helipad… that’s fit for purpose and able to accommodate the immediate landings and transfers of critically ill patients,” adding: “Thanks to our supporters we were able to fund this new helipad, which is going to make patient transfer easy, efficient, and expeditious”.

The hospital’s helipad was temporarily closed in January, following an extensive survey and tender process and the commissioning of contractors. The new larger site now includes new lights, signage, and will soon benefit from the addition of a weather station.

“We have been successful in securing all the funding required for this work from the HELP Appeal charity and we are indebted to them for their continued support,” added Lisa Thomas, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Trust. “This project represents a significant investment in our hospital, benefitting some of our most critically ill patients”.