New helipad launches at Salisbury District Hospital

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust has opened a new upgraded hospital landing site for air ambulances.

The helipad was funded by a £321,000 donation from the HELP Appeal, the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads.

Senior executives from the Trust, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the HELP Appeal, and other stakeholders attended the event at which the charity’s Bell 429 helicopter and aircrew touched down.

Ian Robinson, Head of Facilities at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, and Chair of the Helipad Working Group, said:

“Approximately 60 patients each year arrive at our hospital via helicopter. To ensure we provide this vital service for many years to come, a replacement of our helipad was urgently required.”