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Opening of helipad at Royal hospital will help save lives

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Clinical lead Darren Monaghan, pilot Rich Steele and operational lead Glenn O’Rorke on the helipad at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Clinical lead Darren Monaghan, pilot Rich Steele and operational lead Glenn O’Rorke on the helipad at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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Clinical lead Darren Monaghan, pilot Rich Steele and operational lead Glenn O’Rorke on the helipad at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

For critically ill patients every minute until they receive treatment counts and the opening of a helipad at the critical care building at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast will shorten that time period.

The air ambulance can reach anywhere in the province in 25 minutes but had to go to Musgrave Park Hospital on the outskirts of Belfast to set down and transfer patients.

That will no longer be the case when the helipad becomes operational next week.

The air ambulance service, which was born out of the tragic death of Dr John Hinds in a motorcycling accident five years ago, has proved a life-saver on many occasions and deserves our fullest support.

Belfast Telegraph