Maintenance work will commence on the rooftop helipad at Orange Health Service this week. (Saturday 18 February 8am).
Hairline cracking has been found on the helipad and while an engineers report has advised the cracking does not impact the current structural safety of the helipad, the cracking, if left untreated, could impact on the long term durability of the rooftop structure.
“Routine checking of the helipad identified the cracks and Health Infrastructure has requested that action be taken by the project company to protect the long term life of the slab. The cracking has likely been caused by slight movements in the building structure.
“The safe execution of these remediation works will require that the helipad be closed during the works.” Health Infrastructure Director Project Delivery Martin Cook said.
Orange Health Service Acting General Manager Scott Maunder said a contingency arrangement for helicopter transfers will be in place from Saturday morning.
“The LHD and the NSW Ambulance Service have worked together to establish alternative landing sites at the helicopter base on Bathurst Road and also at the Orange Airport during this period.
“We are confident that every effort has been made to ensure the safety of patients while this essential work is carried out.” Mr Maunder said.
The maintenance work is expected to take up to 14 days, and is dependent on weather conditions.
“The works will include the removal of paint from the surface, cutting out the cracking and seal, sand blasting the slab and then applying three layers of membrane.
Finally we will repaint all surfaces with appropriate signage and have the paint certified for aerial operations.” Mr Cook said.
Media Contact: Health Infrastructure Communications and Consultation Manager Prue Hodgson 0408 098 234 or WNSWLHD Media Officer Rachel Buchanan 0428 261 899.
Please note due to preparatory works on the helipad, there will be no photo opportunity.