The proposed site of a new helipad on the roof of the IWK-Grace Hospital in Halifax has upset some people who live nearby.
They say they want sick children to get faster treatment. But they want the hospital to choose a landing spot that is as far from their homes as possible.
Currently, incoming IWK-Grace patients are flown by helicopter to the waterfront, then taken by ambulance to hospital. The ambulance ride can add an extra 20 or 30 minutes to the trip. So last November, the IWK tested several landing sites on its own roof.
Program director Jane Mealey says the final decision will depend on a number of factors. "We have to make sure that the site that is chosen is safe from the perspective of the people in the helicopter, and for the people in the health centre and the people in the community."
Some of the people who live nearby say they are not sure the hospital is taking their concerns seriously. Cris Worthington worries the helipad will be located on the southwest wing, where noise levels could reach 70 decibels. "That is so loud the windows would be rattling."
Worthington says the helipad could be placed further from their homes on the northeast corner of the roof. The hospital hopes to make a final decision in the next few weeks.