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Critical Care

The Critical Care Network links hospitals in the Thames Valley and Wessex.  The main centres for paediatric trauma and intensive care are based at Oxford and Southampton Children’s Hospitals, working collaboratively District General Hospitals and community providers across the regions to ensure provision of right care, in the right place at the right time.

Southampton Oxford Retrieval Team

The Southampton Oxford Retrieval Team (SORT) is a collaborative partnership between two paediatric intensive care units (PICUs). It delivers expert paediatric critical care to hospitals throughout the south of England and is part of the Children’s Hospitals Network.

Emergency DepartmentReferral calls are made to the SORT hotline. Depending on the clinical need the team will provide advice or arrange retrieval. If there is no bed in Southampton or Oxford then SORT will find a bed in the nearest PICU and transfer the patient.

SORT co-ordinate specialist advice for complex patients and if the patient is known to a particular centre we will endeavour to transfer to that hospital.

The retrieval team consists of a doctor, specialised retrieval nurse and either a medical technician or a St John’s ambulance driver. A PICU consultant is available at all times for advice if not part of the team.

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