Welcome to the North East Children and Retrieval Services

Child healthcare experts in the North East are delighted to announce a major boost to the region’s specialist Paediatric Intensive Care retrieval service with the launch of NECTAR – North East Children’s Transport And Retrieval.



NECTAR ensures that critically ill children (from birth to 18 years of age) are transported rapidly by an expert team to one of the Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) we have here in the North East: the Great North Children’s Hospital at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Members of the NECTAR team are currently based in various major Paediatric Intensive Care Units (PICUs) across the Region as part of the North of England Critical Care Network. They have extensive experience in providing expert care for critically ill children who need to be transported between hospitals using specifically designed ambulances.

NECTAR’s new headquarters will help the life-saving service run as efficiently as possible, at the Campus of Ageing and Vitality (CAV), previously known as the site of Newcastle General Hospital, in the west of the city. Specialist NECTAR ambulances will be based there due to the close proximity to both the A1 and the A69, allowing the team to reach critically ill children in as little time as possible.

The ambulances, described as ‘mobile intensive care units’, have been specifically developed to improve the clinical outcome of the critically ill children. They will be operated by blue light-trained drivers and will allow one parent to travel with their child.

Contact    on 01912826699 for decision support and please use the following referral form for acute paediatric transfers.

Stabilisation Dates 2019


Acute referral algorithm

Non-acute referral algorithm 

Contact Us


Campus of Ageing & Vitality

Westgate Road

Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

General Enquiries Phone: 01912825777

Email: nectar2@nuth.nhs.uk

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