Westpac chopper to test new hospital helipad today
TUESDAY 8.05am: THE day and night test landings on the new roof-top Helicopter Landing Site above the Lismore Base Hospital is set to go ahead today.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter will be conducting the test landings.
FRIDAY 2pm: THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter will be conducting day and night test landings on the new roof-top Helicopter Landing Site above the Lismore Base Hospital on Tuesday.
The landing site has been constructed as part of the $80.25 million Stage 3A redevelopment of the Lismore Base Hospital, with the new Emergency Department and Renal Unit currently in the commissioning phase ahead of an anticipated opening in August 2016.
Northern NSW Local Health district executive director (of the Richmond Clarence Health Services Group) Lynne Weir said the 12-storey south tower of the hospital, which includes the landing site, was now the highest structure in Lismore.
"The Helicopter Landing Site will become operational when the new ED opens, so Tuesday's testing is a vital milestone in its completion," she said.
Ms Weir said the new landing site, being 25m in diameter, had undergone significant planning and design to ensure strict aviation authority standards were achieved in the final construction, with Tuesday's test landings only one of many tests that would occur before the landing site was given final clearance to go into operation.
The Helicopter Landing Site testing will be held throughout the day on Tuesday, with the helicopter crew landing and taking off during the day and again after dark to determine all systems are operational for the new HLS.