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In our line of work, we work with some amazing people and organisations. Below are some of the clinical partners that work with us every day to help save lives.
Children’s Acute Transport Team are based at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and transfer critically ill children and babies to and from hospitals throughout England and Wales, and also retrieve patients from Europe. The Children’s Air Ambulance assists the CATS team by flying the team and equipment by helicopter to critically ill patients, saving vital time.
Embrace are the neonatal and paediatric transport service for Yorkshire and the Humber and are part of Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundations Trust. They are based in Barnsley and undertake patient transfers for all children, from new-born infants up to teenagers, from within the Yorkshire region and beyond. They have achieved accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) for road, helicopter and fixed wing patient transport. A flight from Leeds to London with Embrace and the Children’s Air Ambulance can take just 60 minutes.
ECMO is short for extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation. Glenfield Hospital is the largest ECMO centre in the UK and is the only centre that provides a 24/7 mobile ECMO service. Over the past five years they have moved over 200 patients on ECMO by road and by air. The Children’s Air Ambulance assists the ECMO team by flying them and their equipment by helicopter to the critically ill patient – saving vital time.
Bristol’s NEST (Newborn Emergency Stabilisation and Transfer) team is based at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trusts Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Southwell Street. The NEST team responds to emergency calls regarding sick newborn babies and once they have been stabilised, transports them promptly and safely between neonatal units and hospitals across the south west.
NWTS is an NHS children’s intensive care transport team covering the north of Wales, the north west of England (from Barrow in Cumbria to Bangor in Wales) and transfers from the Isle of Man. If a baby or child needs very specialist care the team, based in Warrington, may transfer them as far as London or Newcastle. A transfer from Manchester to London has taken the Children’s Air Ambulance just 60 Minutes.
The Southampton Oxford Neonatal Transfer service (SONeT) is a collaboration between two neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Oxford and Southampton. It provides emergency neonatal retrievals, planned transfers and repatriations in Thames Valley and Wessex Neonatal Network.
Southampton & Oxford Retrieval Team are based at Southampton General Hospital. The team retrieve critically ill children and babies from the south coast, The Isle of Wight and the south west, Devon and Cornwall and also Jersey and Guernsey. The Children’s Air Ambulance is able to transfer the team and patient from the Isle of Wight to Southampton General Hospital in just 6 Minutes.
The South Thames Retrieval Service are based at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. They transfer critically ill children and babies from hospitals in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, along the South Coast, and also from the north of England for urgent medical care. Transferring a seriously ill young patient from the south coast to London can take the Children’s Air Ambulance only 18 Minutes.
Western Acute Transport for Children Retrieval Team are based at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. The team transfer seriously ill children and babies that require emergency surgery from other hospitals in north Devon and Cornwall, the south west and south wales. The Children’s Air Ambulance is able to fly a sick child from Truro to Bristol in just 45 minutes.
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We do not receive any government funding.