South Thames Retrieval Service

South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) is a children's acute transport service which specialises in the inter-hospital transfer of critically ill children in London (south of the River Thames). We operate from the paediatric intensive care unit of the Evelina Children's Hospital, located at St Thomas' Hospital.

What we do

We deploy a skilled paediatric intensive care team to assist in the treatment of critically ill children, both before and during transfer to intensive care.

We offer a 24 hour referral phone line for advice to clinicians on potential critical care transfers, liaison with sub-specialists and transport within one service. We coordinate admissions to paediatric intensive care units (PICU) within South London or to an out of region PICU if no beds are available in local units. 

We are happy to offer advice to clinicians regarding the management of any acutely ill child, but cannot assist in non-acute inter-hospital transfers.

How to use this website

If you are a member of the public you are most likely to find the information you need in the patient and family pages. There is a feedback form you can fill in online if you have any comments about the service or the website.

Information for healththcare professionals and clinicians includes:

A feedback form (PDF 135Kb) is available for medical queries concerning retrievals. The patient and family section contains useful information you can use to answer questions from parents and relatives.