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Tasmania's Westpac Rescue Helicopter flies into opening of North West Helipad

22nd May, 2017

The first hospital based landing site to support night vision technology was opened by the Health Minister Michael Ferguson on Saturday 1st April 2017. For critical care patients on the North West Coast this is a significant improvement.

"When it comes to saving lives, seconds counts, and with a landing site at the North West Regional Hospital it will unquestionably contribute to improved patient outcomes." the Minister said.

With an air bridge to the hospital from the helipad and future proofed to cater for larger rescue helicopters in years to come, Ambulance Tasmania's CEO Neil Kirby said the new helipad would means seamless movement of the patient from one faciulity to another.

"While no one ever wants to think that they may need to rely on rapid medical intervention, the helipad allows us to support our medical professionals with the most efficient patient transport infrastructure possible" Mr Ferguson said.

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