THE K Block helipad at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is now open, with the helipad utilised for the first patient transfer within four hours of becoming operational.
The helipad enables rapid interhospital transfers co-ordinated by Aeromedical Retrieval Services.
“Aeromedical retrievals play an important role in supporting our One State, One Health System to connect our services and provide better outcomes for Tasmanians,” Hospitals South chief executive officer Susan Gannon said.
The helipad has also been utilised by the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service.
“While the state has four major hospitals, not all hospitals have the capacity to deliver all clinical specialities,” Ms Gannon said.
“The RHH provides the broadest range of clinical specialities in Tasmania, and it is important to get critically ill and injured patients the most appropriate care.”