Beijing opens hospital helipad
A helipad for transferring patients in emergency cases was put into service on Aug 29 at a top hospital in downtown Beijing, which is often affected by traffic congestion. The helicopter apron, which is atop a newly built four-story parking garage at ChinaJapan Friendship Hospital, is the only one specially for medical services in the capital’s urban area that integrates aviation and land rescue. Using the facility, the hospital will be able to cooperate much more frequently with emergency rescue centers to treat patients in critical condition from more than 500 kilometers away, says Wang Chen, president of the hospital. The helipad, which has a diameter of 20 meters, is designed to handle helicopters up to 17 meters in length and with a maximum takeoff weight of 8 metric tons.