Bystanders, motorist warned over emergency helicopter delays

Curious bystanders are causing delays for Portland’s emergency helicopter service.

Portland District Health is asking people to stay clear of the helicopter when it is landing or leaving the area.

New footpath line markings along Bentinck street will be added to signify the safe zone.

Acting CEO Karena Prevett said there have been ongoing problems with people standing where they shouldn’t when the helicopter is trying to land.

“On occasions the helicopter has had to stay in the air until people vacate the area,” Ms Prevett said.

“People are just curious but sometimes it causes a delay which can be vital when it comes to patients needing emergency transport.”

New footpath line markings will be added outside the hospital and on the walking track on the coast side of Bentinck Street.

“The new hatching lines will clearly define what area needs to be cleared for the helicopter,” Ms Prevett said.

Additional signs will also be placed in the area around the Blue Ribbon Foundation Portland District Health Emergency Helipad.

Motorists are also reminded to stop for the red traffic signals while the helicopter is accessing the helipad.