New Clinical Training Facility Officially Opened

November 11, 2016 by Tracy

Neil Bizzell, Owen Hammett, Bill Sivewright, Ken Wenman, Roger Morgan, Phil Hyde, Ian Mew and Paul OwenA new Clinical Training Facility, situated at the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance’s airbase has been officially opened by Ken Wenman, Chief Executive Officer of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT).

The full facility, includes a modern clinical training facility, a day/night aviation planning room, improved clinical storage and crew rest facilities.  The whole project reflects the Charity’s drive for clinical excellence and effectiveness and is designed to further build on the success of its award-winning education and training programme.

Funding for the project was provided last year 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 in support of UK’s air ambulances.   After securing funding for the project, work began on August 15th 2016 and took approximately eight weeks to complete.

Ken Wenman cuts the ribbon opening the new Clinical Training FacilityAt the official opening, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer, Bill Sivewright thanked all those who had help make the project a reality.

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to so many people.   To our landlords Geoff Jarvis and Losan Ltd for giving us the opportunity to further enhance the hangar that they so generously provide to the Charity.  To Babcock International, who, as well as supporting our flying operations brought their wider industry expertise to bear and manage the build project.  To the AAAC for helping to secure and distribute the funds and to SWASFT for their enduring support to the Charity’s operations, especially during a significant period of change.  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.”

Ken Wenman, Chief Executive Officer of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust was then invited to cut a yellow ribbon which officially opened the new training facility.