Hospitals 15 June 2023

Victorian Heart Hospital helipad has lift off

Seconds count when someone is in cardiac distress. That’s why Australia’s first standalone, specialist cardiac hospital has a state-of-the-art rooftop helipad.

The helipad at the Victorian Heart Hospital is now operational after Air Ambulance Victoria completed a series of test take-offs and landings.

The helipad will play a vital role in providing faster emergency care and safer transport of critically ill patients. Around three cardiac patients will arrive by helicopter each week from all over Victoria.

The helipad has several unique features that contribute to its advanced functionality. The lighting system features circle-X lighting used on offshore helipads. This ensures optimal visibility for pilots during landing, especially at night. It is the first helipad located on mainland Australia to feature this advanced lighting system.

A series of perforated holes across the surface stops water from pooling. The helipad also incorporates special dampening features designed to minimise vibration and noise. This will be of great benefit to patients recovering inside the hospital.

In this video, watch footage from the test flights and hear from a member of Air Ambulance Victoria.

The helipad on top of the Victorian Heart Hospital will provide faster emergency care and safer transport of critically ill patients.

IMAGES: An image of Victorian Heart Hospital, with a helicopter flying overhead in the distance, towards the helipad 

Text on screen: The helipad at Australia’s first standalone, specialist cardiac hospital is now in operation. 

IMAGES: an aerial view of the helipad; a closeup of a helicopter arriving at the helipad, preparing to land; a helicopter landing 

Text on screen: The helipad will support emergency transport of critically ill patients to and from the Victorian Heart Hospital. 

VOICE-OVER: Having a direct facility like this that the helicopter can land on top of, 

IMAGES: Paramedic Andy McKenzie is interviewed in front of the helicopter 

Text on screen: Andy McKenzie, Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Flight Paramedic, Air Ambulance Victoria 

VOICE-OVER: there's no doubt this is gonna save lives. 

IMAGES: time-lapse footage of the helipad being constructed 

VOICE-OVER: Regional cardiac patients are gonna have direct access to the only designated  

IMAGES: aerial view of the helipad; a helicopter flying in the sky  

VOICE-OVER: heart hospital in Australia, and it obviously, 

IMAGES: Paramedic Andy McKenzie is interviewed in front of the helicopter 

Text on screen: Andy McKenzie, MICA Flight Paramedic, Air Ambulance Victoria 

VOICE-OVER: it means that they're gonna get the care they need in a really timely fashion. 

IMAGES: the helicopter approaches the helipad 

VOICE-OVER: We're expecting around 12 patients a month that will benefit from this service. 

IMAGES: the helicopter approaches the helipad 

VOICE-OVER: Every day is pretty different. Uh, and I'm not in behind a desk. 

IMAGES: a montage of close-ups of the helicopter and a paramedic 

VOICE-OVER: I have an enormous appreciation for going out and meeting people in all sorts 

IMAGES: Paramedic Andy McKenzie is interviewed in front of the helicopter 

Text on screen: Andy McKenzie, MICA Flight Paramedic, Air Ambulance Victoria 

VOICE-OVER: of facets of their daily lives, and I love that 

IMAGES: the camera pans across the helicopter on the helipad 

VOICE-OVER: I can't predict what my day is gonna be. 

IMAGES: Paramedic Andy McKenzie is interviewed in front of the helicopter 

Text on screen: Andy McKenzie, MICA Flight Paramedic, Air Ambulance Victoria 

IMAGES: the helicopter taking off; the helicopter flying in the sky 

IMAGES: A screen displays a white background with three logos – Monash University, Monash Health and Ambulance Victoria. A sliding transition screen then displays the Victorian Health Building Authority and Victoria State Government logos and the web address vhba.vic.gov.au  

End of transcript. 

About the Victorian Heart Hospital

The $577 million Victorian Heart Hospital is Australia’s first specialist cardiac hospital. It provides innovative, holistic and patient-centred care. It is also a world-leading research and education facility.

The hospital blends clinical cardiology services, research and education. This creates a centre of excellence. It is also raising the profile of cardiovascular research, treatment and training.

Patients with heart disease are now able to access world-class cardiac care and ground-breaking research – all under one roof.

The hospital welcomed its first patients in February 2023. Learn more about the Victorian Heart Hospital.

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