The swift, safe and timely transfer of children to the hospital they need.
We are a Registered Charity that provides planned transfers of children up to the age of 16 years to the right hospital so they can access the specialist care they need.
Our youngest transfer patient was born at just 23 weeks gestation and needed moving to a specialist unit closer to home to continue receiving optimum care and be reunited with their family network. Other young babies require similar transfers whereas older children will be requiring treatment in specialist units for a range of complex conditions.
Established in 2010, we can facilitate the transfer of children across the length and breadth of the country. We are the only charity in the UK that can transfer children over these distances because we use fixed wing aircraft.
The advantages of using an aeroplane are:
- It can travel longer distances and cover the whole of the UK
- It is more reliable and less dependent on external factors such as weather conditions
- It is a safer and more comfortable environment
- It can accommodate the specialist care team and equipment required
Offering a family-centred service ensuring the families we support are at the heart of everything we do we often maintain contact after the transfer has been completed. We work closely with the NHS and our preferred air charter partners to guarantee we deliver the highest standards of care.
- Fully equipped medical aircraft, and highly qualified medical experts
- Ambulance transfers from the hospital to the airport at both location and destination
- Liaison with medical professionals in both location and destination
The transfers we provide would not be possible by any other form of transport due to the fragile medical condition of the child.
This service is provided at no cost to the family.
We were established in 2010 in response to an urgent need for an air transfer service for seriously ill children.
The first transfer took place in 2011 and since then the Trustees have ensured that strong governance has put the Charity on a sound footing and in 2015 they were able to take the next step in its development, employing a Chief Executive and staff team to further grow the Charity with the ultimate goal that all seriously ill children who require an air transfer will be able to access this both quickly and easily.
Our fixed wing transfers take place across the length and breadth of the country over long distances that would not be possible by any other form of transport due to the fragile medical condition of the child involved and the subsequent time constraints.
Each transfer has to be individually planned by the medical teams responsible for the baby or child in co-ordination with ourand the Aeromedical Transfer Team. Contact is maintained with the child’s family throughout the process to ensure that they are both informed and reassured during this very stressful time.