The emergency-transport helicopter that usually lands on the roof of Stanford Hospital will be relocated to a temporary helipad on practice soccer fields near Sand Hill Road starting Sept. 9, the hospital has announced.
Some Life Flight helicopter landings are being moved to accommodate elevator renovations at the hospital. The change is expected to last until the end of November.
Patients who are flown in will be met by an ambulance and transported to the hospital's emergency department, according to officials.
"Our helicopters will 'fly neighborly' to the temporary helipad," Michael Baulch, patient-care manager for Life Flight, said.
The helicopters will follow a flight path over the parking structure on Stock Farm Road. They will ascend and descend at a steep angle to reduce noise and other effects on the surrounding community, he said.
The temporary location is across Sand Hill Road from the Oak Creek Apartments.
On average, two to four flights will touch down per day. Each drop-off will take about 10 minutes to complete. All non-patient helicopter transports, such as organ transplants, will continue to use the helipad on the hospital roof, where the Life Flight helicopters will also be parked.
More information about the temporary helipad is available at Helipad or by calling the construction hotline at 650-701-7862.