Spain: EC funds new emergency helipad in Vera

Spain: EC funds new emergency helipad in Vera

13-Apr-2011 Source:

The Public Utility 061 emergency has set up a new heliport located in the town of Vera. This infrastructure is the third of the 15 provided in the provincial network, designed for helicopters from the 061, and whose implementation will require an investment of approximately EUR 1.1 million, funded by European Regional Development Fund ( ERDF).

With the launch of the heliport, Almería already has three Public Health Emergency heliports in operation. Following existing pads at the Hospital of the Immaculate in Huércal-Overa and another recently opened in Pulpí, Vera becomes the third in operation.  Plans are in place for four more in the towns of Albox, Seron, Maria and Carboneras for 2012 implementation.

Vera’s heliport is built on land donated by the city and is situated on the outskirts of the town, at the end of the street Alzor de Vera, with clear approach and departure paths for dawn-to-dusk operations.

This new resource is one of 70 helipads to be in the state of Andalusia, including 15 to be located in the province of Almeria. By arranging their location by geographical criteria, dispersion, isolation, and population growth, these helipads form a well-planned strategic network to provide access from more distant towns as well as central hospitals.

Here at it does make us wonder why the helicopters cannot land directly at the required pick-up site and the priority be put into ensuring every hospital has ideal facilities to ensure the minimum of time wasted between landing and the Emergency Department.

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