TO help future-proof the advanced pre-hospital service operated by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the organisation is a step closer to developing a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters.
The plans are for the building in the Shropshire area, which the charity says will benefit patients across the whole of the Midlands.
The robust plans were approved by Shropshire Council late January and the project is now awaiting final sign off from the charity’s Board of Trustees, which is expected to take place early February.
The charity continues to face a number of challenges, including the annual rising demand for advanced patient care on scene, the increased complexity of patient needs requiring specialist skills and medicines, and the fact there is insufficient training facilities for the critical care paramedics and doctors.
In order to face these challenges head on and ensure the service is future-proofed for decades to come, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity aims to develop a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters, complete with clinical training simulation suite.
Hanna Sebright, chief executive of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, states:
“Over our 30-year history, our charity has been driven by a commitment to continuously improve advanced pre-hospital patient care across the Midlands.
“We consider our new airbase and charity headquarters to be a vital development for the whole of the region. The new facility, located in Cosford, Shropshire, will feature clinical training facilities, which are fundamental to delivering the advanced training programmes required for our clinicians. This will ensure the critical care team are equipped to treat the increasingly complex patient cases and will enhance our daily lifesaving service.”
A report by planning officer, Richard Fortune at Shropshire Council, says:
“There is substantial public benefit from the provision of this service and the case presented amounts to very special circumstances sufficient to justify this proposal.”
If Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Board of Trustees approves the final details of the project, the organisation intends to start work on site this spring and it is expected to be completed late 2022.
The new facility will complement the charity’s existing air ambulance-led service across the six Midlands counties, providing benefit to those unfortunate enough to suffer a traumatic injury or illness.
Initial funding for the new development has been facilitated via major grants from organisations such as the Department for Health and Social Care and the HELP Appeal.
In addition, the charity will use a proportion of its modest reserves and undertake specific fundraising campaigns for areas of the new airbase, including the clinical simulation training suite, memory garden and community education zone.
For more information on Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and the plans can be found at midlandsairambulance.com/airbaseheadquarters and follow the organisation on social media.
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