Feb
27
2017

Prince County Hospital helipad reopens

LifeFlight helicopters can once again land and take off from Prince County Hospital for patients needing around-the-clock emergency air transport.
 
Prince County Hospital's helipad reopened this morning after approximately $200,000 in upgrades. The work, which began in October, was required by Transport Canada to keep the helipad open and accessible to the community.
 
“The helipad helps to ensure access to critical care services in the event of a medical emergency,” Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson said. “I would like to thank the public for their patience while we completed the work necessary to meet Transport Canada’s guidelines, and Slemon Park for their collaboration to ensure that there were no disruptions in emergency services for Islanders.”
The work included:
• installing perimeter lighting around the helipad and obstruction lighting on light poles;
• relocating parking spaces;
• replacing existing fence lines;
• repainting helipad markings; and
• enlarging the helipad landing surface.
 
The helipad was closed during construction. During that time, patients requiring emergency air transport by helicopter were transported by Island EMS to the LifeFlight alternate landing site at Slemon Park.
 
“Strong, reliable infrastructure - like this helipad - allows our government to ensure Islanders can access the services they need,” Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy Minister Paula Biggar said. “I’m pleased that we have been able to restore the helipad facilities for patients of Prince County Hospital.”
 
“After a lot of detailed planning, collaboration, and work by our staff and partners, we are pleased that emergency air transport service from our hospital has been restored,” said Arlene Gallant-Bernard, chief administrative officer of Prince County Hospital.
 
Prince County Hospital has an average of 27 airlifts per year. It is one of two hospitals in Prince Edward Island that provide trauma services.
 
For more information on Prince County Hospital visit www.healthpei.ca/pch.
 
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Media contact:
Amanda Hamel
Senior Communications Officer
Health PEI
ajhamel@gov.pe.ca
(902) 368-6135

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