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