CAPITAL SCHEMES: Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has submitted plans to build a helipad and a multistorey car park at its Queen’s Medical Centre site.

If approved, the helipad would be built on top of a car park with 518 spaces, to support the region’s major trauma centre.

The structure will be based at the south side of the site.

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At the moment the air ambulance must land 20 minutes away from the centre

The helipad’s construction would be completely funded by charitable donations.

A Nottingham Hospitals Charity spokeswoman said the body was looking to raise £3m for the construction of the helipad and the connected infrastructure.

Queen’s Medical Centre took on responsibility to be the region’s major trauma centre in 2012.

Currently, the lack of a helipad means the air ambulance has to land nearby at Nottingham University.

Once the helicopter lands, patients are transferred to an ambulance and brought to the centre’s emergency department, which can take up to 20 minutes.

Adam Brooks, clinical lead for Queens Medical Centre’s major trauma centre, said: “The first 60 minutes following a severe injury is known as the ‘golden hour’ and fast access to treatment is vital to give patients a fighting chance.

“The hospital having a helipad will mean the most seriously injured patients will be transported to our emergency department much faster, giving patients the very best chance of survival.

“The submission of the planning application marks another step towards the trust getting the new helipad but there is still a lot fundraising which still needs to be done.”

The trust is expecting to hear back from Nottingham City Council on its application in March, a trust spokesman said.