Patients requiring critical care on the North West coast will have access to a dedicated helipad at the North West Regional Hospital.

This is the first hospital-based, purpose-built landing site that meets the very best in standards to be built in Tasmania.

This is a significant improvement for medical care on the coast. When it comes to saving lives, seconds count, and with a landing site at the NWRH it will unquestionably contribute to improved patient outcomes.

The Hodgman Liberal Government committed to opening a helipad at the NWRH and the $1.4 million project is part of the Government’s $24 million investment in improving patient transport and accommodation across the state.

Not only does this mean health professionals can receive a patient more quickly, it will also allow patients to receive the care they need at the health facility that is best able to provide it as quickly as possible.

In some cases this will mean rapid aeromedical retrieval to the state-wide trauma service at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Helicopters are undoubtedly one of the fastest methods of moving patients between facilities, and this landing site is critical healthcare infrastructure.

In line with the Government’s commitment to use local companies as much as possible, the state-of-the-art helipad was constructed by Tasmanian firm AJR Constructions.

It is built to the highest of international standards, features special deck lighting that supports night-vision technology and is future-proofed to cater for larger rescue helicopters in years to come.

While no-one ever wants to think that they may need to rely on rapid medical intervention, the helipad allows us to support our medical professionals with the most efficient patient transport infrastructure possible.

With the Hodgman Government’s record $6.4 billion investment in health, we are getting on with the job of delivering the health system Tasmanians deserve.

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