Addenbrookes Emergency Children’s Ambulances
Critically ill children need urgent transportation
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is the only registered charity (no 1170103) dedicated to supporting innovation in patient care across Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals.
Whether it’s treatment for an emergency, acute condition, pregnancy or long term illness, ACT believe that every patient deserves the highest quality of care available.
Addenbrooke’s is the Paediatric Intensive Care Centre for the East of England admitting approximately 3,500 children every year.
If a child has a serious illness or needs emergency treatment then they will need transporting in an ambulance.
However, while adults and newborn babies who need intensive care treatment are blue-lighted by dedicated, specialist ambulance services, there is currently no such ambulance service in the East of England specifically for critically ill children.
Children have significantly different needs to newborns and adults and are best served by a dedicated children’s ambulance.
Instead, today, hundreds of children requiring urgent transportation to an Intensive Care Unit have to rely on a London-based service to transport them. This can cause delays in treatment and anxiety for worried parents or carers. It can also result in delayed transfers back to their local hospital for their final stages of recovery, increasing the time they’re separated from friends and family.
Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust are raising funds for an Emergency Children’s Ambulance that will benefit on average 1,700 children a year.
To find out more please visit: https://www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk
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