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Innovative transport service set to be launched across Yorkshire and Humber

14th September 2009

A new and innovative inter-hospital transport service has been developed by NHS Trusts across Yorkshire and the Humber.

The service, which is set to be launched in November 2009, is the result of a three-year collaboration between Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the regional commissioners of children's services.

Expert teams will be used to move infants and children from within Yorkshire and the Humber, who require specialist care, to the appropriate hospitals around the region. It is estimated that the service will carry out approximately 2,000 transfers every year.

Tracy Jackson, project manager said: "This is the country's first integrated neonatal and paediatric transport service designed to run 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.

"Not every hospital has the facilities to provide the specialist care for children from birth to 16 years, so these children need to be moved.

"At present this can be both time consuming and frustrating, with doctors spending far too long ringing around various hospitals until they find one with a suitable available bed. Our service will streamline this process by providing a single telephone number for hospital staff to contact when they need to move a child."

The service, led by Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, will be based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. It will utilise multiple teams of specialist medical and nursing staff to provide both routine and emergency transfers across the region.

The transport service will also provide conference calling facilities for consultants, providing the facilities for experts to have real-time discussions on the care of their patients.

Tracy added: "Having a single number for hospital doctors to call if they have a patient that needs to be moved or just want some additional advice will eliminate confusion and provide more efficient patient care.

"With the three established NHS Trusts pooling expertise and resources in a spirit of co-operation, we have been able to introduce this groundbreaking service which sets a great example for future collaborations in the NHS.

"This service is set to play a major part in the wellbeing of children and infants throughout the region. It's a fantastic achievement for healthcare in Yorkshire and the Humber."

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