Back the helipad appeal to protect your workforce

Artist's impression of how the helipad will look at the Northern General Hospital
Artist's impression of how the helipad will look at the Northern General Hospital

Industrialists throughout the City Region are being urged to put employees’ safety at the top of the agenda and back a £2 million appeal to save lives.

Forgemasters chairman Tony Pedder, immediate past Master Cutler, is campaigning for an appeal to build a vital new helipad at the Northern General Hospital, close to the A&E department.

Saving Time, Saving Lives has been launched by the Sheffield Hospitals Charity to ensure patients needing life-saving treatment are transferred to the hospital’s Major Trauma Centre within seconds of a helicopter landing.

Mr Pedder, chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust, said: “In business we’re constantly finding ways of saving time to save money.

“But this appeal is about saving time to save lives. In a life-threatening situation, a few minutes can make all the difference.

“From my role at Forgemasters I know health and safety is top of the agenda for the business community. But even with the strictest safety regime, accidents can happen and when they do we need to know that our people are going to get the best possible care as quickly as possible.

“The current helipad is one of the very few gaps in the city’s world-class healthcare, but it is a big one we have to fill,” he added. “Businesses who can afford to do their bit to help should do it now,” he said.

Currently, air ambulance helicopters land on a small, unlit helipad built 20 years ago some distance away. Patients are transferred by land ambulance, wasting time and increasing risk and discomfort.

The appeal has £1.4m, but £585,000 still needs to be raised, said Mr Pedder, who is on the Sheffield Helipad Appeal Committee alongside James Newman, chairman of the LEP, City Council chief exec John Mothersole and B. Braun’s group chief executive Hans Hux.

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