Hospital to get helipad and new A&E in upgrade
A NEW emergency department and helipad deck are set to be built at Salford Royal as plans move forward for the hospital to become the major trauma hub in Greater Manchester.
The NHS foundation trust in Salford has submitted plans for a new ‘acute receiving centre’ at the hospital, so that it can cope with new patients requiring emergency treatment.
National NHS bosses agreed to make Salford the main ‘receiving site’ for major trauma in Greater Manchester, and health bosses are now preparing for an increase in patients.
They are asking for permission to build a four to six storey building with a rooftop helipad on the site – and expect that it would be used for one flight a day.
It would sit between the Hope Building and the Clinical Sciences Building.
They hope that the application will be approved on Thursday by Salford council’s planning committee.
Officers are recommending that the plans are approved.
The new building would hold five theatre suites and space for 24 beds, and would employ 185 full-time employees. It would be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, planning documents say. They add that the current location for helicopter landing – as well as the transfer time between it and the hospital – means that the hospital isn’t currently seen as a ‘desirable’ location for treating high-priority patients. “When someone suffers an accident which involves multiple or serious injuries that could result in death or serious disability, the speed at which they can get specialist medical help can be the difference between life and death, or between recovering and recovering well,” it said.
“In some situations, the quickest and best way to get a patient to their Emergency Department is by helicopter. A helipad on the hospital site is required to allow for this,” it adds.
Only 22 air ambulance patients were treated there in 2018.
The A&E department treated 64,000 patients last year despite only being designed for a capacity of 30,000.
Should the application be approved then works are expected to start in February 2020 with a completion date scheduled for early 2021. Planning papers say that developers would pay some £50,000 for a monitoring camera at the Eccles Old Road/ Stott Lane junction, £10,000 on signs to direct pedestrians and cyclists to the hospital and £75,000 per year on a residents’ parking scheme.