Transport Canada has resumed flights at four hospitals after an exemption order issued late yesterday night.
That means four hospital helipads in Nanaimo, Comox, Sechelt, and Vancouver General Hospital can now be utilized again.
BC Emergency Health Services is also expecting flights will resume at the helipad shared by BC Children’s and BC Women’s hospitals.
The dispute involved issues brought forward by Transport Canada regarding compliance with the helipads, specifically for nighttime flights.
However, flights to Royal Columbian Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital remain in effect; patients will need to be transported by air to Pitt Meadows Airport and then by ground ambulance at all times by critical care paramedics.
A statement by Linda Lupini with BCEHS says she’s pleased the collaborative efforts have allowed flights to resume at four helipads, and work will be done to resolve the outstanding regulatory issues Transport Canada identified.
That order is in effect until at least the end of next January.