Today is the official opening of the life-saving helipad on the roof of St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

Special guests are set to attend the event along with key members of the hospital, ambulance and building staff to discuss the impact the helipad will have on patient care and treatment.

Wimbledon Guardian:

Staff celebrated by forming a giant 'H'

Planning for the helipad began in 2010, a year after St George’s was designated a major trauma centre, and building was finished in March 2014.

It cost £5m to build with a £1m donation from the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pad (HELP) Appeal.

It is the first London helipad south of the Thames and will routinely receive patients from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance as well as the London Air Ambulance and possibly further afield if required.

Keep checking our website for updates.

Wimbledon Guardian: St George's Hospital in Tooting

St George's Hospital in Tooting