Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance starts flying missions from its new home

Doctors, paramedics and pilots on board the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Ambulance (LNAA) have begun flying missions from their new purpose-built headquarters opposite RAF Waddington in Lincoln.

The first mission from the new HQ came just after 10am on Tuesday, May 11, when the critical care team was called to a road traffic collision on the east coast of Lincolnshire.

Dr Gareth Davies said: “The first mission from our new headquarters was an historic landmark for our service.

"We are delighted to see our crews now operational from this new facility, which will allow us to continue providing the best clinical care for the people of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and beyond.”

The medical teams, helicopter and critical care cars have now relocated to the new premises, with the rest of the team joining them next month.

The facility will bring charity staff and crew together under one roof for the first time in the charity’s 27-year-history while providing a unique opportunity for visitors, former patients, volunteers and benefactors to visit the charity and support their fundraising efforts.

The new purpose-built airbase, which was completed last month, features a purpose-built hangar with space to enable on-site engineering, a bespoke helipad equipped with state-of-the-art landing lights, and enhanced training facilities for crew members.

To support the funding of their new home, the charity received a capital grant of £1.82million from the Department of Health and Social Care.

The LNAA helicopter parked outside its new headquarters

Karen Jobling, LNAA chief executive, said: “LNAA has come a long way since its beginnings and today is such an exciting and important time stamp in the charity’s history.

"Seeing the crew and the helicopter every day will be inspiring to everyone here, a wonderful reminder of why we all do what we do.

“This new home is integral to our journey for clinical independence with better facilities for our air operations and training.

"We don’t underestimate just how important it is to us all that we are now under one roof, enabling us to work more closely together and raise the funds we need to enable our clinicians to respond in an emergency.”

The LNAA helicopter taking off from the headquarters building

The new headquarters is situated directly just 200 metres adjacent from RAF Waddington which had been home to LNAA’s helicopter since 1994.

Captain Stephen Kilvington, station commander at RAF Waddington, said: “It’s quite a sad day for us here at RAF Waddington.

"The LNAA has been associated with our station for 27 years, where they have been providing a fantastic service to Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and the wider community.

“While we are sad that they are leaving the station, we know that this new facility will help them to provide that service to an even better level.

Karen Jobling, LNAA chief executive, with Gt Capt Stephen Kilvington, station commander before the LNAA's final flight from RAF Waddington. Photo: James Skerrett/RAF

"They will continue to be our neighbours and we’re looking forward to continuing that working relationship with them.”

Karen added: “We’re incredibly grateful to everyone at RAF Waddington for allowing us to use their base as our home for the last 27 years.

"Our very close proximity means that we can continue to build on our close relationship with military personnel and the RAF station overall.”

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