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A larger rooftop and future proofed helipad

For the seriously ill and injured, 13 minutes feels like a very long time. Currently, this is the time it takes to transfer by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital, after landing in Hagley Park. It takes the same amount of time to fly a patient from Akaroa to Christchurch.

Patients are flown to Christchurch from all over the South and lower North Island. The transfer process from Hagley Park is far from ideal, compromising both patient privacy, public safety, and draining resources.

Plans for Christchurch Hospital’s new building included a small rooftop helipad, however, demand for helicopter transfers is increasing. To keep up with growth and future-proof services a much bigger helipad is needed at Christchurch Hospital, as well as a clinical support unit on the helipad to provide immediate, lifesaving measures on touchdown. 

Through our 13 Minutes campaign Māia has raised over $1million towards our total project target of $2million, but we still need your help! By donating to the helipad project today, you are helping ensure we provide these fantastic enhancements to the Helipad.

 

Helipad project details

  • Allows two helicopters to be on the pad at the same time
  • Includes a rooftop clinical support terminal, providing life-saving measures instantly on touchdown for trauma patients, and a quicker transition to full care for routine transfers
  • Accommodates larger long-range aircraft, allowing extended coverage across most of the South Island
  • Configured to cope with adverse weather conditions

The facts

  • Currently it takes on average 13 minutes to get from the Hagley Park helipad to hospital by ambulance
  • Approximately 800 landings a year
  • There has been approximately 40% increase in emergency landings and transfers over the past three years
  • Rooftop helipad eliminates double handling of patients and frees up ambulance and police resources
  • Quickens the pickup and unloading of a neonatal incubator by about 1 hour on a round trip

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