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South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) team

This section provides information about our South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) team.

Our team is based in the children's intensive care unit (PICU) at Evelina London.


All consultants specialise in children's intensive care and have additional responsibilities.

Lead nurse

  • Fiona Bickell

Retrieval coordinator

  • Karen Starkie

Retrieval nurse practitioners

We have the largest retrieval nurse practitioner (RNP) training program in the UK. Our RNPs have the same skills as our medical team, leading approximately half of our transfers.

  • Fiona Bickell – RNP team lead in addition to other lead nurse duties
  • Jenny Budd
  • Jo Davies
  • Jo Dyer
  • Emma Gadsby
  • Sarah Hardwick
  • Sasha Herring
  • Dawn Knight
  • Kirsteen McCulloch
  • Louise Preston
  • Alex Williams

Other staff

  • Annette Toner – department secretary
  • Sonya Leeds – department secretary


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Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – general enquiries.

Tel: 020 7188 4500 / 4501

Emergency referrals - for professionals only. 

Tel: 020 7188 5000

General enquiries

Please email fiona.bickell@gstt.nhs.uk, karen.starkie@gstt.nhs.uk or contact the liaison for your region.