Transport and Retrieval

Paediatric Intensive Care Retrieval in Scotland – ScotSTAR

The Paediatric Retrieval Service in Scotland is commissioned by the Scottish Ambulance Service as part of a harmonised adult, paediatric and neonatal transport service, ScotSTAR. Established in 2015 ScotSTAR will deliver a centrally co-ordinated, specialist transport service from a dedicated transport base at Glasgow Airport for paediatric patients of any age throughout Scotland. The service will comprise of dedicated transport practitioners from ScotSTAR utilising Scottish Ambulance Service vehicles and aircraft as appropriate from any referring unit across the Scottish mainland and islands to the optimal triage destination in a timely fashion.

The retrieval team comprises of highly trained health care professionals who are able to respond to requests for assistance and retrieval of critically ill children. The ScotSTAR paediatric team consists of a number of PICU Consultant and Fellow medical staff, Advanced Retrieval Nurse Practitioners and Paediatric Intensive Care Nurses from the Edinburgh and Glasgow children's hospitals. The staff have significant experience in retrieval and paediatric critical care environments.

The Medical Lead for Paediatric Retrieval for ScotSTAR is Dr Christina Harry.
The Paediatric Nurse Consultant is Sandra Stark.

Further details on paediatric retrieval within ScotSTAR can be accessed on the website