Air ambulances are called to a range of emergencies ranging from road traffic collisions to heart attacks. This means patients are able to be airlifted to hospital for quicker treatment and transported to other hospitals if they need emergency specialist treatment at another site.The helipad is used by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, West Sussex Police Air Division and Solent Coastguard.
This facility is supported by a team consisting of 15 members, who provide the required fire cover for each movement along with a complete fire suppression system designed to deal with any given situation,
Portsmouth City Council has granted planning permission for the helipad to be used for urgent patients up to 10pm, and for the allowance of night time arrivals when it is an emergency. The permission also dictates a maximum of 260 movements upon the helipad within a six-month period. A movement is defined as either a landing or take off meaning we have the capacity to utilise the helipad for 130 patients within any six month period (260 movements).