New helipad an investment in the future of Royal Perth Hospital

January 9, 2017

Royal Perth Hospital is to get a new $6.8 million helipad.

In announcing the funding recently, the Minister for Health John Day said it was an investment in the future of Royal Perth Hospital as a key health care centre of excellence.

The new helipad will ensure Royal Perth Hospital meets changing Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) standards, and will enable the hospital to accept larger helicopters.

The current helipad was commissioned in 1999, with capacity for helicopters weighing up to 5400kg. The new helipad will have a 10,000kg capacity.

As home to the State Adult Major Trauma Unit and the State Spinal Service, Royal Perth Hospital currently receives between 160 - 300 direct helicopter landings per year.

Work on the new helipad will start in 2017, for completion in 2018. The existing helipad will continue operating while the new facility is built.

This is a significant investment in the future of Royal Perth Hospital, continuing to excel and thrive as the major tertiary hospital in the East Metropolitan Health Service.