The South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB) could spend up to $46,000 on a helipad upgrade for Timaru hospital.
The SCDHB has set aside the money in this year's budget to upgrade the lawn area next to its Queen St building where emergency and patient transfer helicopters have been landing since 1992.
About 90 flights a year land at the hospital, with about 30 of those landing at night.
SCDHB chief executive Nigel Trainor said the hospital's increased use of helicopters for patient transfer flights, as well as emergencies, meant it was required to meet Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) rules.
CAA Mike Eng said helipads should meet best practice guidelines, which required proper lighting, markings and obstacle-free spaces.
- The Timaru Herald