Santa receives pre-flight briefing from Ambulance Victoria on new MCH helipad

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Ahead of Christmas Eve, Santa received his pre-flight briefing this morning from Air Ambulance Victoria on the new rooftop Monash Children’s Hospital helipad.

Santa’s sleigh will have special access to the helipad before it opens early next year.

Ambulance Victoria Air Operations Manager Anthony de Wit gave clear instructions to Santa for a safe sleigh landing.

“Rudolf’s nose must be visibly red prior to landing. Watch for falling presents and toys whilst landing. And try not to land on the milk and cookies we’ve left for you,” said Anthony.

Santa says he’s well prepared for Saturday evening and delivering presents to the children of Victoria.

“I very much appreciate the flight support and information from Ambulance Victoria and Monash Children’s Hospital.”

“The reindeers and I do this every year, but I’m something of a perfectionist, so it’s good to get the updated technical support of these fine people.”

When it becomes operational early next year, the new Monash Children’s Hospital helipad wil be used to transport critically-ill neonatal, paediatric, maternal and adult patients to the hospital, as well as for patient transfers from other hospitals.


Santa and Ambulance Victoria Air Operations Manager, Anthony de Wit assess wind conditions and safe flight paths for Santa’s sleigh.


On the rooftop helipad of the new Monash Children’s Hospital.


Cookies and milk will be left for Santa and carrots for the reindeers.


Santa receives a pre-flight briefing from Ambulance Victoria on the new Monash Children’s Hospital helipad.

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