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New helipad to help save thousands of lives in Kent and south east London

PUBLISHED: 10:43 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:43 01 November 2016

... Picture: Dan Smith

... Picture: Dan Smith

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The helipad opened last week

A hospital serving more than 4million people will soon be helping to save thousands more lives.

Kings College Hospital officially opened its new helipad last week, as it serves a trauma population of 4.5million people across south east London and Kent.

A multi-million donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal has made the development possible.

Patients airlifted to the hospital will take just five minutes to be in resus after landing.

Previously, helicopters landed in nearby Ruskin Park and patients were transferred to the hospital by road - which could take up to 25 minutes.

“At King’s we treat some of the most seriously ill and critically injured patients in the south east” commented Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff.

The clinical director for emergency medicine continued: “The helipad will speed up the time it takes to transfer patients from helicopter to hospital, giving patients the very best chance of survival.”

The deck has a built-in fire fighting system, rather than relying on fire crews to tackle any flames on the 10-storey high site.

Chief executive of the HELP appeal, Robert Bertram, explained: “This automatic system is safer for everyone including emergency rescue teams as they can work alongside the spray activation to help with evacuating patients and staff from air ambulances.”

“We have pledged £2.75 million to this helipad as we are fully aware of the drastic difference this helipad will make. Every second counts when a critical accident or injury happens, and the new helipad will make sure the most seriously ill or injured patients get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.”

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