Recently there was a significant change in how the NHS manages critically ill and injured children within the South West, with all paediatric services moving to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC). As part of this reorganisation a new roof top helipad has been built on top of the Bristol Royal Infirmary which is linked by corridor to the BRHC. To enable our pilots to be prepared for flying patients to this new facility they have undertaken familiarisation.
We have also taken the opportunity to train with the hospital staff to ensure that the safe unloading of patients on this roof top helipad and the transfer of them to the Emergency Department is able to be conducted as safely as possible. Here are a couple of picture from yesterday session.
Although our service already transfers some children direct to Bristol, with the formal introduction of paediatric trauma services at the BRHC the frequency of us doing so is likely to increase and I will of course keep you updated in the future of how our service is able to benefit patients in this manner. By Nigel Hare, Operations Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust.