Table 2

Summary of PIC retrievals teams currently in operation in the UK

Region(s)Retrieval servicePatient typeMain admitting unit(s)
Regional teams
North Thames (London)Children's Acute Transport Service (CATS)*PICGreat Ormond Street Hospital
BedfordshireSt Mary's Hospital
EssexRoyal Brompton Hospital
East AngliaAddenbrookes Hospital (Cambridge)
South Thames (London)South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) based at Evelina Children's Hospital PICUPICEvelina Children's Hospital
SurreyKing's College Hospital
SussexSt George's Hospital
West MidlandsWest Midlands Paediatric Retrieval Service (WMPRS)PICBirmingham Children's Hospital
University Hospital of North Staffordshire
North West England and North WalesNorth West and North Wales Paediatric Transport Service (NWTS)PICManchester Children's Hospital
Alder Hey Children's Hospital (Liverpool)
Yorkshire and HumberYorkshire and Humber Infant and Children's Transport Service (Embrace)PICSheffield Children's Hospital
NeonatalLeeds General Infirmary
Neonatal network
PICU-based teams
East AngliaPICU-based (Cambridge)PICAddenbrookes Hospital (Cambridge)
South of EnglandPICU-based (Southampton)PICSouthampton University Hospital
South West EnglandPICU-based (Bristol)PICBristol Royal Hospital for Children
South WalesPICU-based (Cardiff)PICUniversity Hospital Wales (Cardiff)
East MidlandsPICU-based (Nottingham)PICNottingham University Hospitals
East MidlandsPICU-based (Leicester)*PICUniversity Hospitals of Leicester
Thames ValleyPICU-based (Oxford)PICJohn Radcliffe Hospital (Oxford)
North of EnglandPICU-based* (Newcastle)PICNewcastle Hospitals
West ScotlandPICU-based* (Glasgow)PICRoyal Hospital for Sick Children (Glasgow)
East ScotlandPICU-based (Edinburgh)PICRoyal Hospital for Sick Children (Edinburgh)
  • * Represents retrieval services that also transport patients into extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation beds.

  • PIC, paediatric intensive care (includes neonates transported to PICU for management of cardiac or other surgical conditions); PICU, paediatric intensive care unit.