Hospitals 13 November 2017

New life-saving helipad ready to take off

A new helipad on the roof of the Monash Children’s Hospital is helping to save lives by providing a faster and more direct route to vital emergency care.

The helipad means critically-ill adults and kids are transferred more quickly to receive urgent care at Monash Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.

“Every second counts in an emergency, and this new helipad means children in life-threatening situations can now be transported directly to hospital – saving vital seconds and minutes, and ultimately, lives,” says Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.

The helipad will provide the fastest, safest and most comfortable transfer possible to the emergency department, neonatal unit, operating theatres and intensive care units.

The new helipad will also free up more ambulances to respond to and attend other emergencies.

The Victorian Government provided $3.8 million to build a helipad on the rooftop of the Monash Children’s Hospital. Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy officially opened the helipad in April 2017.

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