Helipads For Hospitals
Project Category: Registered charity
H4H – Overview
Background to the project.
I flew as helicopter pilot all over the world for almost 40 years and I ‘know’ that the helicopter is the most versatile rescue machine EVER. The first controlled helicopter first flew in 1941 and when we first started raising funds for an Air Ambulance in 1984, there were no mobile phones, no Internet, we had only just got colour TV and were NO air ambulances! Today it doesn’t matter where one travels around the UK, you are covered by an air ambulance service. However, we need to work to make it a ‘complete’ service by providing the helicopters with a safe place to land, 24 hours/day, at an A&E.
In the UK, we now have 42 Air Ambulances, all paid for by charity donations. Wherever one travels in the UK, there is an AA to cover. Equally, our NHS A&Es have reached an amazing level of expertise. However, due to lack of finance, the infrastructure to connect AA and A&E is unacceptably inadequate with very few Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved helipads. (See attached report).
Used aluminium cans are collected by the general community then transported to HMP Stocken on the A1 at Stretton where the inmates sort then crush the can using their massive hydraulic crusher to make 1 cu metre pallets of cans. (See attached photo). Eventually, when we have collected 1 million cans, they will be smelted by the inmates – under strict health & safety supervision by a qualified smelting engineer – to form sections of the helipad, which will eventually be assembled on the new building, which will be built at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. We are working with the CEO and members of the planning department regarding the technical issues and planning permissions. The Children’s Hospital section is also planned to expand. This means that not only will any Air Ambulance – or military helicopter – be able to land on the rooftop helipad, but also the Children’s Air Ambulance.
For our community, this is a total win-win-win situation. By increasing the recycling rate of used aluminium cans, we can reduce the need for yet more alumina ore being dug out of the ground, we can reduce our import spend for new aluminium, we can reduce landfill, involve almost everyone in the community (including prison inmates), and develop this ‘free’ resource to build helipads – not only at the LRI (followed by Queens in Nottingham) and then any other A&E or community or maternity hospital that needs, or would like, a helipad.
By working together, we can;
Reduce the exploitation of the Earth’s resources – alumina ore.
Reduce the vast amounts of power (and hence green house gases) used to smelt the alumina ore.
Reduce the cost to the UK of importing aluminium.
Increase the rate of recycling 50 million used aluminium beverage cans (USBs) in the UK.
Reduce Local Authority costs.
Improve the efficiency of the AAA and the NHS saving lives.
Extend the AA operating hours to 24 hours/day
Provide a focal point for everyday people to recycle more.
And save lives.