New Queen Victoria Hospital helipad in operation, some finishing work left for this summer

New helipad at Revelstoke's hospital is now operational, with some additional finishing work to be done this summer.

The Queen Victoria Hospital helipad while under construction in December of 2017. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

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.

File photo: Residents gathered at Queen Victoria Hospital on Nov. 14, 2016 to kick off the hospital helipad fundraising campaign. From left: QVH site manager Julie Lowes, Petra van Dijk of Downie Timber, Scott Newsome of Eagle Pass Heliskiing, Angus Woodman of Downie Timber, Mike Copperthwaite of the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation, Liliane Lambert from Canadian Mountain Holidays, Roberta Bobicki of Revelstoke Credit Union, Cheryl Fry of the Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary Society, Revelstoke Credit Union director John Teed, Barbara Ross of Mica Heliskiing, and Steven Hui of the Revelstoke Community Health Foundation. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

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.”