The Emergency Department at the Luton & Dunstable (L&D) treats over 90,000 people each year. Approximately 25% of these have life-threatening injuries and require immediate and specialist medical care.
There is currently no helipad providing direct access to the hospital for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
At present, while it is possible to airlift patients to the hospital, the helicopters must land in a local playing field and the patient is then transferred over the final distance by road. Air Ambulances have to travel from as far away as Northampton and Cambridgeshire to get to patients, and if the road journey from the current landing location to the hospital is deemed too risky these patients can be taken to the nearest emergency helipad – 25 miles away – rather than being brought to the L&D.
Members of the community are working together to support the £7.5m build project due to start in Summer 2019. Led by the Muslim community, this campaign connects businesses, charities, residents and well-wishers nationally to support in every possible way to serve every person in need of urgent medical care requiring a helicopter airlift.
Outstanding healthcare provision
L&D Hospital is widely regarded as having the best performing A&E department in the country and provides emergency care to over 300 people every day. During 2015/16, more than 98% of patients attending the Emergency Department completed their care within four hours, against a national target of 95 per cent. This has been achieved at a time when the hospital has experienced its highest number of attendances ever, with the Emergency Department now seeing more than 300 people a day.”
Mr David Kirby, operational medical director, at Luton and Dunstable also confirmed that the trust has secured planning permission for a helipad as part of its emergency service offering, commenting that it was ‘another step towards the site’s redevelopment’ that will see ‘critically unwell patients receiving the life‑saving treatment they need, faster’.
Serving generations – L & D is 80!
2019 marks the 80th year since the establishment of a hospital in Luton. The foundation stones, which still form part of the existing structure of the main building, were donated and laid by members of the local community to signify a hospital established to look after the medical needs of the community by the community itself.
Over the past 80 years, the hospital has grown considerably, much like Luton itself and now serves hundreds of thousands of people every year.