Vision for Basildon Hospital helipad becomes a reality
Patients taken to Basildon Hospital by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance now arrive via a specially-constructed helipad at Basildon Golf Club.
The new helipad was constructed free of charge by Natta Building Company following their introduction to EHAAT by Redrow Homes. Natta is currently a sub-contractor working on the housebuilder’s Westley Green development.
Cliff Gale, Operations Director at EHAAT said: “After successful campaigning from the community and a strong proposal submission from Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we are thrilled to be able to use the new helipad at Basildon Golf Course.
Due to the nature of our work, Basildon is one of the most frequented hospitals in the region. For those patients who are critically ill or injured and require the best possible care for cardiothoracic issues, Basildon is the most suitable place for them, and we are glad we can continue to cater for these patients effectively.
“We cannot thank the partners enough, especially Basildon Golf Course for hosting the helipad and Natta and Redrow Homes for constructing it for us and working tirelessly to make this happen.”
Callum Baines, Project Manager at Natta Building Company commented, “It is part of Natta’s philosophy to add value to the communities that we work in. The project involved creating a new landing site and access road for the Air Ambulance in close proximity to the Basildon University Hospital.
“The team and I enjoyed working on the landing site. When we see the Air Ambulance around the area, we are proud that we aided in giving it a safe place to land.”
Colin Jenkins, a director of Basildon Golf Course, said: “We are delighted to have been able to help to supply the necessary land for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. They do a fantastic job and are now occupying a piece of ground that we are currently not using. It is close to the hospital and we hope it will save many lives.”
The operation of the helipad brings EHAAT one step closer to realising its longer-term vision of positioning a permanent helipad in the grounds of Basildon Hospital, which will ensure patients receive the best possible care quickly and more efficiently.