6-Sep-2016 Source: HeliHub.com
Geelong Hospital officially opened its new helipad on the Baxter Wing on Friday, by the Health and Ambulance Services Minister, Jill Hennessy. The helipad has been operation since June and in that time has benefited more than 30 patients.
The hospital previously used a grounded helipad, causing the emergency cases to be carried through the public areas of the hospital before receiving medical attention. The new rooftop helipad, eight storeys up, ensures that emergency cases can be directly transferred to trauma and intensive care wards. The old helipad is being looked into being made a temporary car park, reports Geelong Advertiser.
The helipad project cost $11.5 million, but was funded by redirecting money of the former Liberal government, whose initial plan for the money was to build a community hospital in Waurn Ponds.