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Frew disappointed with news that Helipad at Royal Victoria Hospital may not be operational for North West 200

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North Antrim MLA Paul Frew has received information from Health Minister that the Helipad at the Critical Care Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital may not be ready for next years North West 200.

Responding to a question from Paul Frew, Health Minister O’Neill said : “It is not possible, at this stage, to confirm if the helipad on the roof of the Critical Care Centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital will be fully operational for the NW200 event in May 2017. NIAS are still completing the business case for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. Once this has been approved the design and construction of the helipad is currently estimated at 6 – 9 months at a cost of approximately £750k – £800k.”

Frew stated: ” I’m very disappointed with this news after the fight we put up to get an agreement on the facility. This is an essential service and we are the only UK region to not have this cover.

I would urge the Minister to pull out all the stops to get this in place as soon as possible .”

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