Transport Canada gives all clear for hospital’s helipad

An Ornge helicopter at Bluewater Health's helipad in Sarnia. 14 October 2022. (Blackburn Media photo)

Bluewater Health has received Transport Canada certification to use the new helipad at Sarnia’s hospital during the day.

The day-use certification comes into effect immediately.

The hospital said use of the helipad at night will be granted as full certification is completed.

Transport Canada officials got a first-hand look at the new helipad in October.

Construction of the helipad was completed in September, years after the project was first explored in 2017.

“In a time where hospitals across the province are experiencing historical pressures, this new community resource will prove invaluable,” read a Bluewater Health media release.

Until now, Bluewater Health had relied on ground ambulances or patient transfers from Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport.