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RHH helipad lands on site

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Critically ill and seriously injured patients will get the lifesaving treatment they need sooner, with the new helipad at the Royal Hobart Hospital a step closer.

Major parts of this vital health infrastructure will be installed on the K-Block roof this Saturday, as part of the $689 million RHH Redevelopment, which the Liberal Government put back into the project after it had been taken out by Labor.

An oversized section of the new 27 x 23 metre helipad will be installed on the K-Block roof on Saturday. This is part of the Hodgman Liberal Government’s plan to build a better health system and make Tasmanians’ lives better.

Campbell Street, between Liverpool and Collins Street, will be closed from 5am, Saturday November 10 until 8am Sunday while TasGas undertakes unrelated maintenance works. The road closure will be used as an opportunity to safely deliver and install an oversized section of the helipad.

This is lifesaving infrastructure, allowing medics to respond to critical incidents faster, deliver patients to treatment sooner and reduce preventable adverse outcomes due to avoidable transit delays.

Having a helipad on K-Block means patients who have a health emergency can get to the emergency department or theatre within a few minutes of landing at the hospital. Clinicians strongly called for this infrastructure while we were reviewing the project in 2014 and we have responded.

The RHH Redevelopment remains on track for practical completion in mid-2019.

Our health targets include:

  • Reduce smoking rates to below the national average by 2025, and halve the gap between State and national youth smoking rates (for under 25s)
  • Reduce Tasmania’s rate of obesity to below the national average by 2025
  • A 20% reduction in the suicide rate by 2022
  • 90% of Tasmanians will be treated within clinically recommended timeframes for their elective surgery by the end of the next four year term of Government
  • 90% of emergency presentations will be in and out of the Emergency Department within four hours by 2022
  • Reduce emergency ambulance response times to national average waiting time by 2025

See all our targets at https://www.tas.liberal.org.au/sites/default/files/BuildingYourFuture.pdf