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Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

First Chopper Pad Test-Run At Fiona Stanley Hospital

Victor P Taffa

  • First test of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital helipad completed
  • Testing is a major milestone in the construction program
  • Construction of the hospital is 94% complete
  • FSH will be the only hospital outside Perth’s CBD with a helipad and will service patients from Rottnest and southern regions

A helicopter has landed for the first time on a new state-of-the-art helipad at the $2 Billion Fiona Stanley Hospital, marking another major milestone in preparation for a staged opening from October next year.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the helipad test measured noise and vibration levels to ensure they were at an acceptable level.

All areas at the hospital within a 50 m radius of the helicopter flight path have been fitted with specialised double-glazed windows to reduce flight noise in the hospital.

When it opens next year, the 783-bed Fiona Stanley Hospital will be the only hospital outside the Perth CBD with a helipad and will provide a crucial service to patients from Rottnest and metropolitan and rural regions south of the city.

“We expect the helipad will transport a couple of patients each week once operational. It will provide an essential service for critically ill people who require urgent tertiary and intensive care, including critical burns and cardiothoracic cases.” Dr. Hames said.

“Fiona Stanley Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art operating theatres, emergency services and a 40-bed intensive care unit, which have all been co-located to provide the safest patient care.”

The FSH helipad is strategically located above operating theatres, intensive care and the Emergency Department with special access via a priority lift to ensure patients receive treatment as quickly as possible.

It is 729 sqm, weighs more than 90 tonnes and can accommodate more than 10 tonnes of weight.

“This is primarily a floating deck on rubber bearing pads which will mitigate vibration to improve patient comfort. It can easily accommodate the two largest emergency helicopters in the State.” the Minister said.

The helipad test is just one of the major milestones in the FSH construction program, with more than $32 Million of advanced medical equipment to be installed over coming months.

Dr. Hames said the hospital was on time and on budget to start taking patients in October 2014 as part of a staged commissioning process.

“11 of the 14 senior clinical executive roles at the hospital have already been appointed, and recruitment is under way for an additional 68 clinical leadership positions.” Dr. Hames said.

Fiona Stanley Hospital is part of the State Government’s hospital building and refurbishment program, with an unprecedented $7 Billion allocated to about 130 hospital projects throughout Western Australia.

Fact File

  • Fiona Stanley Hospital includes 6,300 rooms, 4,400 timber doors, 36,000 light fittings and 100 km of power and lighting cabling
  • An ICT test lab is being set up on site to test all of the services and programs required at FSH with WA Health staff in a real-life clinical environment

The State Government’s $7 Billion hospital building program includes:

  • Fiona Stanley Public Hospital ($2 Billion)
  • New children’s hospital ($1.2 Billion)
  •  Albany Health Campus ($170 Million)
  • Midland Public Hospital ($360.2 Million)
  • Joondalup public hospital ($230 Million)
  • Busselton Health Campus ($118 Million)
  • Kalgoorlie Health Campus ($56 Million)
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