Wales Air Ambulance new helicopter wrap at Cardiff Heliport, December 1st 2017. Picture by Mark Hawkins for Wales Air Ambulance.
The Wales Air Ambulance Charity has officially relocated its pediatric and neonatal operation to a new base in Cardiff. Before the relocation, which became permanent Monday, the operator had been based at Wales Air Ambulance’s headquarters in Dafen.
“Moving permanently to our new base in Cardiff is a huge step in developing our Children’s Wales Air Ambulance division. We are now much closer to the Children’s Hospital for Wales and we have dedicated space and facilities for this very unique operation that we run,” said operations manager Mark Winter. “In the past 12 months we have flown over 40 children between hospitals. And now [that] we have a home for our Children’s Wales Air Ambulance, we will be helping even more of Wales’ youngest patients in the years to come.”
Children’s Wales Air Ambulance is a specialist division within the charity. The operator said it is “the most advanced air ambulance service for pediatric and neonatal transfers in the U.K.,” featuring a flight incubator system and Britain’s only dedicated helicopter transfer practitioners. When the charity launched its seven-day transfer service with its fourth aircraft earlier this year, it claims it became the largest air ambulance operation in the U.K.
Wales Air Ambulance also operates three air ambulance helicopters across Wales from its bases in Caernarfon, Welshpool and Llanelli. It is the only air ambulance service based in Wales and relies entirely on donations.