It’s enough time saved to save your life.
A helipad on top of the under construction Diagnostic Centre of Excellence on the Health Sciences Centre campus will open this spring.
Sarah Painter, a flight nurse with STARS air ambulance, says that will save critical patients valuable time.
“Currently what’s required is that we land at the airport, do a stretcher to stretcher transport, and then we go to a ground ambulance and drive the route to Health Sciences, which is going to take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. So big time savings, significant access to patient care,” she said.
At HSC, patients will be unloaded from the helicopter, taken inside and down an elevator to an emergency room.
“This is lifesaving, potentially, for many patients that we carry,” Painter said.
STARS says more critical patients will likely be taken to HSC over other hospitals now because of the speedier service. In 2015, STARS flew 541 emergency flights.
This will be Manitoba’s first hospital heliport. Saskatchewan has two, Alberta has 63. Ontario has 86.
The new Diagnostics building is set to open later this year.
Next door, the Women’s Hospital will be finished in the spring and undergo a one year commissioning process before it starts taking patients and delivering babies.