Call to get behind much-needed larger helipad for Christchurch Hospital

Call to get behind much-needed larger helipad for Christchurch Hospital

Christchurch charity, Māia Health Foundation, needs your help to provide the Garden City with the larger helipad it needs, as well as a clinical support unit on the helipad to provide immediate, lifesaving measures on touchdown.

With the purpose of enhancing the Canterbury health experience, taking it from good to great, Māia says it currently takes around 13 minutes to transfer patients by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital, after landing via chopper in Hagley Park.

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This is the same amount of time it takes to fly a patient from Akaroa to Christchurch.

Westpac is a founding business partner of the Foundation and among a host of supporters keen to see these vital advancements come to life.

Patients are flown to Christchurch from all over the South and lower North Islands. Christchurch Hospital is the only tertiary hospital in NZ without a helipad, and is NZ’s largest trauma centre in NZ.

The transfer process from Hagley Park is far from ideal, compromising both patient privacy and public safety, and draining resources.

Plans for Christchurch Hospital’s new building include a single rooftop helipad, which will dramatically reduce the time it takes for critically unwell patients to access life-saving treatment. 

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.

Go to Māia Foundation's donation page to give to the helipad and visit www.maiahealth.org.nz for more information.

Another way the public can support the charity is by attending its key fundraiser, the Māia Health Foundation Feast, a dinner on August 19.

Tickets are limited with only 40 seats still remaining so you’ll need to be in quick. 

 

Helipad project details

-  Allows two helicopters to be on the pad at the same time

-  Includes a rooftop clinical support unit, 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 a 13 minutes to get from Hagley Park helipad to hospital by ambulance

-  Approximately 700 landings a year

-  A substantial 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

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