MAINTENANCE work will start on the rooftop helipad at Orange hospital this week after hairline cracking was detected.
While an engineers’ report advised the health service the cracking does not affect the current structural safety of the helipad, if left untreated it could impact on the long-term durability of the rooftop structure.
Orange Health Service acting general manager Scott Maunder said a contingency arrangement for helicopter transfers will be in place from Saturday morning.
“The LHD (Western NSW Local Health District) and the NSW Ambulance Service have worked together to establish alternative landing sites at the helicopter base in Bathurst Road and also at the Orange Airport during this period,” Mr Maunder said.
“We are confident that every effort has been made to ensure the safety of patients while this essential work is carried out.”
A spokesperson for Western NSW Local Health District told the Central Western Daily that any delay caused by landing the helicopter off site will