Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has announced the opening of its new clinical training facility by Ken Wenman, CEO of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), at the air ambulance charity’s base in the UK.
The new facility includes a modern clinical training facility, a day and night aviation planning room, improved clinical storage and crew rest facilities. The charity says that the project reflects its drive for clinical excellence and effectiveness.
The project was funded by the Association of Air Ambulances Charity (AAAC) after £5 million was allocated from the Banking Fines Fund (LIBOR) by the then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. Work started on 15 August 2016.
Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance CEO, thanked the charity’s landlord Geoff Jarvis and Losan Ltd, Babcock International, AAAC and SWASFT before thanking the charity’s flight crew: “Finally, to the air ambulance crew who have lived through a great deal of disruption with patience and flexibility and have done so without any drop in the life-saving service provided to the people of Dorset and Somerset.”