Patients requiring urgent transfers from Lloydminster Hospital can now benefit from a more timely response now that the helicopter landing pad adjacent to the hospital is operational.
Located just across 43rd Street from the Lloydminster Hospital, the landing pad became operational this week. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) reminds residents and individuals going to the hospital that during patient transfers from the hospital to the STARS helicopter there may be short traffic disruptions. SHA staff will be securing the area for all landings and takeoffs.
STARS is flying certified flight paths that limit noise and exposure to the hospital and nearby area and it is recognized that the sight of aircraft landing and taking off will be a new experience. It will signify that someone in need is receiving urgent help.
Passersby are asked to maintain a safe distance from the heliport, noting that the aircraft generates significant noise and “down wash” or air movement for those in the immediate area. People may safely watch from the road sidewalk.