The Hospital de Cruces boasts its own heliport
The heliport communicates directly via a lift with the critical services units, expediting the entry of patients into these facilities
The Hospital de Cruces takes a further step in the modernisation of its care processes. The inclusion of a heliport to cover the needs of transporting patients with rapidly deteriorating health improves the quality of the care that the centre provides.With the implementation of this infrastructure, Building A is now complete, having incorporated additional hospital beds and restructured critical services: Intensive Care Unit; Severe Burns Unit; Anaesthesia, Resuscitation and Coronary Unit; and the reform and extension of the Accident and Emergency Department.
The heliport is located on the roof of the extension of Wing A of the Hospital, supported by eight steel pillars, forming a continuation of the structure of the building. A new rapid, safe and efficient manner of transporting critical patients to the hospital installations. The heliport of the Hospital de Cruces was first planned in September 2009. Once the administrative processing was completed, the construction of the structure began in 2010, and, approximately six months later, the heliport is now a reality that improves and modernises the Basque health system.
The assembly hall of the Hospital de Cruces (Biscay) was the location chosen for the presentation of the new heliport located in this health facility. The Basque Minister for Health, Rafael Bengoa, explained the importance of the heliport for the Basque healthcare network.
Safety was afforded prime importance during the construction of the pad. The heliport employs a beacon system and, furthermore, a series of close lying obstacles have been indicated in the helicopter's landing and take-off routes, thereby ensuring complete safety.
The air ambulance currently in service in the Basque Health System represents a vital advanced support resource, equipped in a similar manner to a wheeled ambulance.
The air ambulance has carried out 1252 health missions since it was set in motion in 2007, under the Basque Government's Directorate for Emergencies. Each year, the helicopter carries out approximately 320 interventions.
The cost of the helicopter and its installations, including the access platform and the emergency access, rises to 1,346,599 euros.