Helipad partnership gives Children’s Air Ambulance a lift!

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been working with the Embrace paediatric transfer service to allow their vital service to link up with The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA), a national paediatric and neonatal transfer helicopter.

This partnership will allow the helicopter to land at the Northern General Hospital’s state of the art helipad, only 30 minutes from the helicopter’s base at Doncaster Sheffield airport. Previously the helicopter had to land at a local sports field, and the new arrangement will help to ensure transfers can be completed as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

The aircraft will be able to land quickly and safely at the Northern General, either to deliver a child to a waiting ambulance for transfer in to Sheffield Childrens Hospital or Jessops Neonatal Unit, or to receive a child from these centres for air transfer to specialist treatment elsewhere.

TCAA Director of Ops Richard Clayton commented: “The Children’s Air Ambulance is very grateful to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Embrace specialist transport service for facilitating the use of the helipad. The purpose of the Children’s Air Ambulance is the safe, timely air transfer of paediatric and neonatal patients to specialist care centres throughout the UK and developing landing sites such as those at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals helps us to achieve this for critically unwell children and babies.”

Dr Stuart Reid, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for Major Trauma at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, added:“We are delighted that the helipad at the Northern General Hospital can now be used by the Children’s Air Ambulance. This will help to facilitate the planned transfer of critically ill or injured children to and from the Sheffield Children’s Hospital or Jessops Neonatal Unit to other specialist centres nationally for treatment.

“This is a result of close collaboration and planning between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, the Children’s Air Ambulance and the Embrace Paediatric Transport Service at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and the first case was successfully transferred at the end of October. This arrangement will help to ensure that children receive the specialist care and treatment that they need as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

To date the Children’s Air Ambulance has completed over 300 potentially lifesaving transfers. Since September it has had two helicopters covering all of Great Britain ensuring more children are able to receive the critical care they need. Anyone wishing to find out more about the lifesaving work of the charity can call 0300 3045 999 or visit www.childrensairambulance.org.uk