NETS UK child flights just 15 minutes from Nottingham!

On 19th May Nets UK is opening its national airbase and Medical Training Centre just 15 minutes flying time from the specialist children’s intensive care units in Nottingham and under 30 minutes to Glenfield Hospital, Leicester.

Online PR News – 20-May-2011 – – The airbase at Sheffield City Heliport has been chosen as it provides short flying times to the major children’ intensive care units throughout the UK, with those in Nottingham and Leicester all reached within minutes by helicopter and amongst the shortest journey times. The East Midlands will be of particular importance given the long distances to the children’s intensive care units.

Nets UK is a national charity that over the next few months will be developing the facilities as its operating and Medical 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. It is hoped to have the service in place by the Autumn.

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 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 and will be attended by clinicians from across the country.

‘An interesting opportunity we hadn’t thought of was the potential of our Medical 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. Amongst the first bookings are some from Unicef.’

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.

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If you would like more information please all Martin Eede on 07743930352 or email