L&D Hospital Helipad Boost From Amazon Team

  • The Bedfordshire Hospital Charity’s Helipad Appeal for The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received a £7,000 boost from Amazon in Dunstable.

The Emergency Department at Luton & Dunstable University Hospital is renowned as one of the best in the UK and treats over 90,000 people each year. Approximately 25% of patients have life-threatening injuries and require immediate and specialist medical care. The aim of the Bedfordshire Hospital Charity is to construct a helipad at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital site, helping patients in critical need by allowing them to receive care in the local area, rather than being sent further afield.

The hospital has been chosen as the location for the new helipad because it is best placed to transfer patients directly from the air ambulance to the Emergency Department, Stroke Unit and Cardiac Centre.

The new helipad will significantly enhance the standard of care already offered by the hospital and make Luton & Dunstable University Hospital the only 24/7 helipad connected to a Level 3 neonatal department in the UK.

The donation was made to the charity as part of the “Amazon in the Community” programme, whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

Ruzanna Sargsyan, Site Leader at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Dunstable, said, “The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been close to our hearts for many years. It is central to the Bedfordshire community, and we jumped at the chance to support its efforts. We are pleased to extend our support to the construction of the helipad and look forward to seeing it come to completion in the near future.”

Bianca-Lee John, Community Fundraiser at The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added, “To Ruzanna and our friends at Amazon in Dunstable: thank you. We have no doubt that this helipad will save many lives, so we thank you for supporting our vision.”

Community donations are one of a number of ways in which Amazon is supporting communities across the UK during COVID-19.

Amazon is providing disadvantaged students with online STEM courses as well as teaming up with charity partner Magic Breakfast and delivering 1.4 million healthy breakfasts to families around the UK.