Over our 32-year history, our charity has been driven by a commitment to continuously improve advanced pre-hospital patient care across the Midlands.
Our new airbase and charity headquarters is a vital development to support patient care across the whole of the region. The new facility is located in a strategic position on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border with close proximity to the West Midlands. It features improved office space and meeting rooms, welcoming visitor areas, and state-of-the-art clinical training facilities which are fundamental to delivering the advanced training programmes required for our clinicians.
A feasibility study into the possibility of building a combined airbase and charity headquarters was undertaken four years ago, when the charity acknowledged a number of challenges our essential serviced faced. These included:
Increased complexity of patient needs requiring specialist skills and medicines - e.g. ‘hidden’ injuries from incidents involving stabbings and shootings. Ability to deliver advanced care and medicines post out of hospital cardiac arrest.
The population has risen 3% since 2020, leading to an overall need for pre-hospital care.
There are insufficient training facilities at our airbases for the critical care paramedics and doctors.
To help future-proof the service and address these challenges head on, we have developed a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters, which will benefit patients across the whole of the Midlands.
The new facility, located in a strategic position on the Shropshire / Staffordshire border with close proximity to the West Midlands, features clinical training facilities, which are fundamental to delivering the advanced training programmes required for our clinicians. This will ensure our critical care team are equipped to treat the increasingly complex patient cases and will enhance our daily lifesaving service.
Find out more about the new facility plans and benefits here.
Latest image from the airbase and charity headquarters, taken June 2023.
Initial ground works started on the Neachley site 3rd March 2021, with the project being completed at the end of June 2023. We started to move into the new facility early July 2023.
Why does Midlands Air Ambulance Charity need a new facility?
This project has been carefully considered for over four years and is part of our commitment to continuously improve advanced pre-hospital patient care across the Midlands and is a vital development for the whole of the region.
To ensure the service is future-proofed for decades to come and address the challenges as previously mentioned, we believe that the development of a purpose-built airbase and charity headquarters, complete with clinical training simulation suite, ensures the Midlands growing population of six million plus has appropriate helicopter-led emergency care provision.
What does the new airbase and headquarters look like?
The new facilities includes space for our daily operations, including two helipads for aircraft if needed and space for our rapid response vehicles and critical care cars. In addition, a training and simulation centre, research and development facilities, the main charity offices, and warehousing for charity vehicles and storage have been created. In due course, there will also be space to host fundraising events, and meeting rooms for the local community.
This development will futureproof our vitally important organisation as we will have a purpose-built facility to fit the specific needs of our essential emergency service.
What will be the benefits of the airbase and headquarters?
This new facility will help future-proof the delivery of our pre-hospital critical care for the Midlands region. The benefits of the new building are:
Deliver enhanced Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) across the entire Midlands six county region
Provide a rapid dispatch location
In time, the facility will allow the charity to extend operating times to rapidly reach and treat a greater number of patients
Develop clinical skills and talent – as a recognised ‘centre of clinical excellence for pre-hospital emergency medicine
Maintain a sustainable charity and future-proof the Midlands primary air ambulance service
Provide space to increase clinical research capabilities and able future innovation for help care provision.
Longer operating hours – the facility enables the charity to review and extend operations times each day
Increased capacity - to support the region’s growing six-million population, as demand for the service grows and during times of regional/national emergency (e.g. crisis situations such as the recent pandemic).
Supports improved patient care - the training facilities will enhance the team’s advanced clinical knowledge, supporting the treatment of patients directly by providing dedicated space for continuous learning
Develop talent - support with advanced pre-hospital training, working closely with the healthcare and education communicates, the centre will support attract and train future critical care paramedics and doctors
Create an environment for research and development - provide space to increase clinical research capabilities and able future innovation for care provision
Improved working environment - currently our medical teams work out of portacabins. This facility will enhance quality of life at work, with sufficient space for rest and debriefing, which is especially important after challenging lifesaving missions
The building underpins the charity's 'one team' ethos as the charity staff and clinicians working out of the new facility will be working alongside one another
Reduce long term operating costs - investing in the land and building ensures the charity has an owned building that will provide future sustainability and remove leasehold and rental costs
Create a community space – to further facilitate the charity’s work across the region with supports and donors, including the popular education programme and help to reduce third party costs for fundraising event space
We are extremely proud to have developed our new facility in the Shropshire / Staffordshire area, and thank the public, local businesses, parish councils and individual Members of Parliament for their support of the project.
Our new airbase and charity headquarters is a vital development for advanced pre-hospital patient care across the whole of the region.
It means the critical care paramedics and pre-hospital emergency medicine doctors are equipped to treat the increasingly complex patient cases and will enhance our daily lifesaving service.
If you have any further questions, or would like to support the project personally, or through your business or grant giving organisation, please click the contact us button below.
Our supporters have had the opportunity to help in a number of ways with the build by being involved in one our programmes.
Becoming a Founding Partner for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s airbase & headquarters is a prestigious and timely opportunity to be part of the next major step in our service’s commitment to clinical excellence.
There is also the Flight Club, this opportunity is ideal for companies wanting to assist in this momentous milestone in our service’s future.
To date, those who have contributed towards our new airbase and charity headquarters include: