Hospital tests Helipad

Birmingham’s newest hospital carried out a successful test of its air ambulance helipad earlier this month.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is due to receive its first patients on June 16, and on Saturday morning it passed another milestone as the Midlands Air Ambulance conducted two trial landings.

The QEHB’s helipad is on top of a multi-storey car park directly opposite the Emergency Department, a location which required careful design to comply with Civil Aviation Authority rules.

The two landings were both carried out without any problems for the air or ground crews, including hospital staff who have received detailed training to act as fire safety marshalls during landings.

The test landings were used to test for noise and downdraft in the area around the helipad, as well as enabling Emergency Department staff to run through their procedures for transferring patients from the helicopter.

The helipad will only be used for landings by civilian air ambulance services, with most flights carried out by Midlands Air Ambulance.

Pictured: The Midlands Air Ambulance makes its approach to the new helipad at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.