A West Norfolk hospital helipad is being temporary moved.
The site for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn will be relocated to farmland to the East of the hospital on the opposite side of the road opposite the B1145.
Work will start on the new site in January and it should be operational by summer 2024.
Patients airlifted there will then be taken to the hospital emergency department by ambulance.
The temporary relocation along with the building of a new multi-storey car park all pave the way for a new Queen Elizabeth Hospital which will be built on the current main car-park.
Paul Brooks, the hospital’s Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “Work commencing on our new temporary helipad is a real milestone in our journey towards bringing a state-of-the-art hospital to King’s Lynn. This is a vital resource for our hospital and this relocation to a nearby site will allow us to progress plans for our new hospital whilst still ensuring patient safety and quality of care. My personal thanks for the support of local landowners who have made this possible
“We are working with key partners invested in this area to ensure this relocation works for all involved.”
Richard Hindson, Director of Operations and Infrastructure at East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) said: “The helipad at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is of huge importance to EAAA’s 24/7 life-saving operations in the region. It enables EAAA crews to transfer critically ill and injured patients to the hospital for further treatment.
“As a charity, we are working hard on the development of a strategic helipad infrastructure in the region. The new helipad at QEH supports that vision, and EAAA expects to use the new helipad around 100 times every year. It is great to work in partnership with the QEH to achieve this for the benefit of our patients and the communities we are proud to serve.”