Mersey he­li­pad step closer

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

THE Tas­ma­nian Gov­ern­ment has ad­ver­tised a tender for a $1.5 mil­lion he­li­pad at the Mersey Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.

The he­li­pad will be lo­cated on site with a bridge link di­rectly to the hos­pi­tal at La­trobe, in the state’s North.

Health Min­is­ter Michael Fer­gu­son said the con­struc­tion of the he­li­pad was a key step to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of Tas­ma­nia’s first in­te­grated med­i­cal and search and res­cue he­li­copter ser­vice.

“In the past, aeromed­i­cal teams ar­riv­ing at the hos­pi­tal to re­trieve pa­tients have had to land on a round­about on the Bass High­way,” he said.

“This not only caused ma­jor traf­fic dis­rup­tion but also raised se­ri­ous safety is­sues at a busy lo­ca­tion.

A he­li­pad at the North West Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Burnie has been used 17 times since be­ing com­mis­sioned.

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