It takes an average of 13 minutes to transfer patients via ambulance to Christchurch Hospital from Hagley Park – currently the only place a rescue helicopter can land.
The Maia Health Foundation says those extra minutes matter and can make a big difference for patients in life and death situations.
They have now launched the 13-minute helipad campaign pledging to raise $500,000 between March 3 and April 14 for a new rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital - New Zealand’s largest trauma centre and the only tertiary hospital in New Zealand without a helipad on site.
The foundation says a rooftop helipad will mean that life-saving measures can be provided instantly on touchdown at the hospital for trauma patients and a quicker transition to full care for routine transfers.
The use of helicopters for emergencies and patient transfers has increased 40% over the last three years.
Go to www.maiahealth.org.nz/13minutes to donate.