Helipad will be first at a south London hospital

The enormous crane at St George's Hospital in Tooting Credit: Ria Chatterjee/ITN

Partly funded by The HELP (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads) Appeal, a 25m by 25m helipad will enable seriously ill patients to be brought by air ambulance for treatment at the hospital's Major Trauma Centre.

A lift shaft in the middle of the wing is being built so that patients can be lowered quickly and smoothly into the hands of medical experts.

The helipad - which is due for completion in January 2014 - is being constructed by Miller Construction and will be the second hospital helipad in London and the first south of the river.

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New helipad for Air Ambulance

The biggest crane in the UK has been assembled at St George's Hospital in Tooting where it is helping to build a helipad which will be used by London's Air Ambulance.