Interior Health has announced that the new helipad at Queen Victoria Hospital (QVH) has received Transport Canada certification and can begin accepting landing aircraft as an official hospital heliport:
The certification brings the helipad one step closer to the completion of the QVH helipad construction project, which began last fall. Work still remains to be done on a partially covered walkway to the hospital emergency department, as well as some landscaping and asphalt patching — none of which were required for landing certification to occur.
This additional work is scheduled to start in the summer, and will take three to four weeks to complete. In the meantime, Interior Health has now made the heliport operational, which will allow for the lifesaving medical transport of QVH’s most critical patients to a higher level of care, as quickly as possible.
“Interior Health would like to thank patients, members of the public, staff, physicians and our hospital neighbours for their patience during the construction phase of the QVH helipad project,” IH said in a statement.
“We also wish to express our gratitude to the community for its support in the planning and construction of the helipad project. This includes both financial and in-kind donations, through the efforts of the Revelstoke District Health Foundation, the North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap Regional Hospital District, and the City of Revelstoke Tourism Infrastructure Committee.”