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We don't want a helipad on our park; Protest over hospital bid.


A HELICOPTER pad could be built in a Merseyside park to ferry seriously ill patients to hospital.

Wirral's Arrowe Park hospital says the facility would speed up the transfer time for emergency cases in and out of itswards.

Officials, who have applied to Wirral council for permission to build the helipad, also claim it would be infrequently used.

But opponents of the scheme say the Upton park is a crucial breathing space between four busy areas.

Val Curtis, of the Friends of Arrowe Country Park, said: "The hospital has never had any meaningful green policy - it simply asks for more, more, more.

"They seem to think the park is an NHS land bank"

Last week, councillors asked health bosses to inform them about other sites they have examined within the main hospital complex to prove alternatives have been ruled out. Council leader Steve Foulkes said: "We recognise a 21st-century health provider needs to use all forms of transport, but we are factfinding about the application at the moment."

A spokesman for Arrowe Park hospital said: "The landing pad would be used infrequently to receive incoming trauma patients or to transfer patients to specialist units in an emergency situation.

"Currently, the trust uses a helipad at Spire Murrayfield hospital, inHeswall.

"In line with council suggestions, the trust is now seeking the comments of interest groups and reviewing alternative locations."



HELIPAD: Arrowe Park hospital wants a helicopter landing pad in the nearby park
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Date:Apr 11, 2008
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