Doctors treating serious injuries in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary say the system using the Yorkshire Air Ambulance works perfectly.
The helicopter lands patients just two minutes away from the hospital and they get top-class medical attention on the journey.
The comments from an A & E specialist come after a new study on air ambulances and major trauma centres exposed concerns.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances highlighted that 60% of major trauma centres have “inadequate” landing facilities.
Huddersfield is not a major trauma centre, but handles cases where patients are flown to playing fields near the hospital and then on to the A & E unit by land ambulance.
They say it is better than trying to negotiate roads by land ambulance.
An average of 70 people a day are treated by air ambulances across the UK.
Despite these patients being the most critically ill, air ambulances often have to land some distance from the hospital to then be transported by road.
In Huddersfield, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance lands at Reinwood playing fields, a two-minute drive away.
There is no plan to change the system.
A&E consultant Mark Davies, said: “We have around 20 patients a year who come into HRI A&E via air ambulance. Our landing site is within a few minutes land ambulance travel time from the Emergency Department.
“A helicopter could only land at HRI on the main car park or the roof and, to do that, the roof and the entire building below needs to be strengthened.
“We have excellent relations with ambulance and air ambulance teams and using the air ambulance to the nearby landing site then onwards by road is still far quicker and safer for patients than purely by roads.
“Also, air ambulance teams — which sometimes include a doctor — travel with the patient once they transfer to a road ambulance to ensure a smooth transfer into A&E where teams are on standby to receive them.”
Leeds General Infirmary, West Yorkshire’s only major trauma centre, was one of just seven hospitals in the UK to meet the standard thanks to its rooftop helipad.
But hospitals in several large cities in the north and midlands have no onsite landing facilities, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham Sheffield and Hull.
Only two hospitals in London had rooftop helipads. The other four hospitals to meet the standard are James Cook at Middlesbrough, RVI at Newcastle, Southampton General and University Hospital of North Staffordshire at Stoke on Trent.
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