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£1m boost for helipad appeal A

drive to raise £3.9m for a new rootop helipad at the Manchester Royal Infirmary has

received a boost following a donation from a leading charity. The Helicopter Emergency Landing

Pads (HELP) Appeal – set up to fund life-saving helipads at all major trauma centres and key A&E hospitals in England and Wales – has pledged £1m towards the project – over a quarter of the total funds needed. HELP chief executive, Robert Bertram, said: “Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has world-class hospitals and a

world-class air ambulance service, but it urgently needs a helipad to complete the emergency care triangle. “Having a helipad on the hospital site

will significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for a seriously-ill patient to get to the expert care they urgently need. The quicker they can see a consultant, the better chance of survival and making a full recovery.” Currently the hospitals on the central

site, including Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and St Mary’s Hospital, rely on a secondary landing site in a nearby park.

Located on the roof of the new multi-

storey car park in Grafton Street, the new helipad will be connected to the hospitals by a high-level link bridge and roof top corridor. Mark Evans, clinical service manager

at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, added: “Helipads are of upmost importance in urban areas such as Manchester where secondary sites, which we often resort to using, are not in close proximity to the hospital. Saving vital minutes in transfer time may save lives, reducing instances of death, disability and suffering.”

Gleeds to oversee improvements to GP surgeries in London


leeds is to take on a programme management role for the Primary Care Infrastructure Fund (PCIF)

and General Practitioner Premises Capital Programme on behalf of NHS England’s London region. The PCIF is a four-year, £1billion investment programme designed to accelerate improvements to GP premises nationwide. Through the provision of programme management, Gleeds will be responsible for the delivery of the first wave of the London programme, which includes the initial 182 schemes announced nationally in March 2015,


with an estimated capital value of almost £35m. Four teams from the Gleeds organisation have been set up to oversee the comprehensive programme of works, providing a robust reporting function that will ensure all projects are compliant with appropriate guidance, tracked, and reported to NHS England both locally and nationally. They will also offer advice to individual project teams and support to GPs to help their schemes through the due diligence process. The Primary Care Infrastructure Fund was announced by the Government at

the start of 2015 and the cash was made available to practices that could demonstrate that improvements in their existing buildings would result in increased access to appointments for patients, expanded services, better use of technology and/or a reduction in emergency attendance or admission to hospital among the over-75s, a key priority for the NHS moving forward.. £250m is available nationwide each

year, with the fund paying for improvements to existing surgeries and investment in new premises.

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