RHH helipad saving critical minutes

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Health

With just over 12 months since its first patient was accepted, the Royal Hobart Hospital’s helipad is proving its worth – saving lives and improving patient outcomes for those most in need.

According to statistics released by the Royal Hobart Hospital this week, 373 patients have arrived at the hospital via the helipad since it opened in May 2020.

These figures show the new helipad is making a real difference to people’s lives all across Tasmania.

Previously, the helicopter landed at the Domain or the Parade Grounds in Hobart, with patients needing to be offloaded, reloaded into an ambulance, driven to the hospital, and then transferred to the correct ward.

Every second counts in the case of emergency treatment.

With the helipad now located at the Royal Hobart Hospital, those same critically ill patients can now be flown directly to where they can be treated.

Once they land, lift access takes them right into the heart of the hospital – the new K-Block and its world-class facilities.

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