rural hospital helipad which has been named after a paramedic who died with coronavirus final yr has formally opened.
The state-of-the-art Robert Black Memorial Helipad at Campbeltown Hospital, Argyll and Bute, grew to become operational on April 1 and has already helped 19 sufferers to be airlifted from the positioning.
Mr Black was a paramedic for the Scotland Ambulance Service for almost 30 years and died in Might 2020 after contracting Covid-19 aged 52.
A memorial bench and plaque has additionally been positioned on the website on the Kintyre peninsula within the west of Scotland for folks to recollect him.
Catherine Black, Robert’s spouse, mentioned: “Our household are humbled and immensely proud that the helipad has been named after Robert.
“We prolong our grateful because of all who introduced this mission to fruition for our resilient and vibrant group.”
An ambulance technician labored for 3 years to assist make the helipad a actuality for the local people the place air ambulances needed to land on waterlogged, muddy situations in a area beside the hospital.
When hospital sufferers wanted to be transferred throughout the nation in opposed climate situations, a highway ambulance needed to transport them to an air ambulance at Campbeltown Airport 5 miles away.
However work on the helipad from mission originator Stuart McLellan was aided by the South Kintyre Growth Belief and a £270,000 donation from nationwide hospital helipad charity the HELP Attraction.
Mr McLellan, 28, mentioned: “I’m completely delighted to be in Campbeltown for the official opening of The Robert Black Memorial Helipad.
“Having began this mission three years in the past, it’s been fairly a journey.
“I’d prefer to thank the HELP Attraction for its help from the beginning, together with all of the folks which were concerned within the mission.
“I got down to obtain one thing that was lengthy overdue and can be there for folks throughout their time of want.
“Because it grew to become operational, 19 sufferers have already used the helipad, confirming how important it’s for the group – it’s fairly exceptional.
“I’m delighted to have performed my half and stay up for my subsequent problem.”