The Oban Times - - Districts -

THE EMER­GENCY heli­copter land­ing pad at Western Isles Hos­pi­tal, Stornoway, has been up­graded thanks to a £40,000 do­na­tion from the Heli­copter Emer­gency Land­ing Pads (HELP) Ap­peal.

The hos­pi­tal re­ceived the sur­prise cash boost from HELP af­ter the char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive read about the poor con­di­tion of the cur­rent he­li­pad.

The need for an upgrade be­came clear last July dur­ing a test land­ing of the new Bond he­li­copters which were be­ing brought into ser­vice by the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

The stretch­ers on board th­ese he­li­copters have au­to­matic drop- down wheels which were in­com­pat­i­ble with the sur­face, mean­ing time could be po­ten­tially lost dur­ing emer­gency transfers.

NHS Western Isles chief ex­ec­u­tive Gor­don Jamieson had spo­ken to the am­bu­lance ser­vice about op­tions for up­grad­ing the he­li­pad, but HELP stepped in with the money.

The grass sur­face has now been re­placed with re­in­forced con­crete paving and the light­ing up­graded too.

Robert Ber­tram, chief ex­ec­u­tive of HELP, said: We had no hes­i­ta­tion in do­nat­ing £40,000 to cover the cost of Western Isles Hos­pi­tal’s he­li­pad upgrade. Faced with reg­u­lar ex­treme weather, never was a hos­pi­tal he­li­pad so de­serv­ing of an upgrade. Our do­na­tion has helped to en­sure a se­cure and solid land­ing area for all air am­bu­lances and the Coast­guard search and res­cue heli­copter.’

Mr Jamieson said: ‘I thank them for their kind­ness, for mak­ing them­selves known to us and then fund­ing the work in its en­tirety.’

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