NETS UK to go to tender for pediatric EMS helicopter

NETS UK to go to tender for pediatric EMS helicopter

9-May-2011 Source: NETS UK

Nets UK is a national charity that over the next few months will be developing the facilities, formerly home to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, as its operating and Clinical Training Centre.

The charity is about to tender for its first aircraft which will be specially equipped for children and new-born infants who need to fly to the UK’s centre of excellence in children’s medicine.

This will be the first such service in the UK and is modelled on the successful experience in Australia where NETS NSW is a vital part of medical care for children.

‘Although the UK is much smaller than NSW our roads are far more congested’ said Martin Eede of Nets UK. ‘Also think back to the snow, the floods and then imagine the problems medical staff have in caring for very sick children in the back of an ambulance. During the extreme weather our Chair took twelve hours to get a very sick child from Nottingham to Newcastle. A journey we could have flown in under an hour.’

The service is being developed by clinicians with funds being raised by public and corporate donations. The HSBC ‘Little Angels’ appeal has enabled the charity to take on the lease at Sheffield Heliport. Giving her support is Dame Judy Dench DBE who took time out from filming in Los Angeles to give her backing to the project and to agree to be the first Patron.

The Nets UK complex at Sheffield City Heliport will be opened on 19th May by Dr Andrew Berry, Medical Director of NETS NSW.

‘An interesting opportunity we hadn’t thought of was the potential of our Clinical Training Centre’ added Martin Eede ‘This will specialise in aero-medical training for paediatricians and, unsolicited, already we have had enquiries from clinicians in a number of countries across the world wishing to attend our courses. In turn this has an economic benefit for South Yorkshire as visiting clinicians will stay in hotels, eat in restaurants and so on…’

Finally NETS UK needs to build on the positive start we have been given and recruit more Volunteers who will help the service to lift off!

By way of further background a Briefing Sheet is attached.

For more information please all Martin Eede on 07743930352 or email

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