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South Thames Retrieval Service

020 7188 5000          

24 hour emergency referrals

Alternative emergency number: 020 7803 9160


The South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) is an intensive care service, transporting critically ill children from local hospitals to intensive care units (PICUs).

The logo for the South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS).Our team is made up of doctors and nurses from our intensive care unit who are specially trained in stabilising and transferring critically ill children. The team give advice to staff at district general hospitals before their arrival to retrieve a child. They then provide intensive care to the child before they leave hospital, while they are travelling in an ambulance, helicopter or plane and when they are settling in to a PICU.

Two teams are available to transport children 24 hours, 7 days a week. When they are not transporting children, the team are working within our intensive care unit.

You can find out more about what we do and the care we provide in our intensive care unit by watching this short film produced by The Guardian.

Quick links for professionals

Emergency drug dose calculator (PDF 186Kb) - please make sure you download the PDF to your desktop 

Age based norms and infusion calculator (PDF 321Kb)

Clinical guidelines


Emergency referrals - for professionals only.

Tel: 020 7188 5000

Alternative emergency tel:

020 7803 9160

Children’s Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – general enquiries.

Tel: 020 7188 4500 / 4501

We also transport children to other intensive care units (PICUs) at hospitals in the South Thames region. Please see the patients page for contact details.

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