QEH applies to move helipad

An application has been sent to planners to move the helipad at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

The relocation is part of the work leading towards the building of a new hospital on the site.

Subject to planning permission, the helipad, which is currently on the top end of the hospital site, will be relocated to farmland to the east of the hospital on the opposite side of the road along the B1145.

Work will also start on the first phase of building a new multi-storey car park on the site of the old Inspire Centre which was demolished in June. The second phase is expected to begin in January 2025 and the helipad relocation is a key project to allow this work to begin.

Paul Brooks, Director of Estates and Facilities, said: “This planning application submitted to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a real milestone in our journey towards bringing a state-of-the-art hospital to King’s Lynn. The application sets out our plans to relocate this vital resource to a nearby site whilst still ensuring patient safety and quality of care.

“We are working with key partners invested in this area to ensure this relocation works for all involved.”

If planning is approved, and with works to prepare the area, it is anticipated the new helipad will be ready for use by Spring 2024.