Back in 2019 the Saffron Walden Round Table provided Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust with a grant of £1,000 to be spent on a BabyPac, a piece of vital equipment to be used in our new paediatric ambulance service (PanDR).
SWRT and Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust are delighted to announce that the PanDR service launched fully at the beginning of April, transporting the sickest babies and children across the region to intensive care. The ventilator purchased by the Saffron Walden Round Table is one of the most important pieces of equipment within the ambulance – truly life-saving equipment that will benefit many, many children in months and years to come.
As you can imagine, the ambulance launch has faced significant delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Much of 2020 saw the hospital trying to keep the pandemic under control, delaying the launch of this service for several months. However, we are delighted that we are now able to share this news with with you all.
Below is the press release from ACT. If you wish to keep up to date with their charitable efforts then please follow them on social media @actfundraising on Facebook and @ACTCharity on Twitter or on www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk
Regional ambulance service for young launched
A new ambulance service which will travel thousands of miles a year transporting the region’s sickest babies and children from hospital to the nearest specialist intensive care unit was launched today (Wednesday 7 April).
The Acute Neonatal Transport Service (ANTS), which for many years transported pre-term mums and new-borns, now becomes the Paediatric and Neonatal Decision and Support Retrieval service (PaNDR).
The name change highlights that the service, based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, now transports seriously ill children right up to 16 years across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The aim is to ease pressure between 11.30am and 9.30pm seven days a week on the current paediatric transport provider, London’s Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS), which will continue to assist outside those hours and full-time in the rest of the region.
To make the changes possible PaNDR has invested in a new ambulance and driver, from St John. Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) raised £216,000 to fund the brand new children’s ambulance service, with help from the Chariots of Fire relay race in September 2019 which raised £92,897.
Specialist equipment purchased includes a defibrillator, monitors, pumps, oxygen and ventilators attached to a size adjustable trolley-bed where young patients of all heights and weight can be cared for by a dedicated paediatric consultant and nurse with backgrounds in intensive care.
The existing three neonatal ambulances, all of which have been funded with generous donations to ACT, operate right across the East of England, are equipped with similar life-saving equipment which is mounted under an incubator on wheels.
From today the new ambulance will feature the PaNDR name and panda logo and staff will be dressed in dark blue uniforms with gold trim. Livery on the remaining three will be updated as the ambulances are replaced. The ambulances regularly transfer patients to Addenbrooke’s as it has the region’s largest neonatal intensive care unit and only paediatric intensive care unit. This service will also repatriate patients to their local hospitals, once well enough.
Deputy medical director and PaNDR service lead, Dr Sue Broster, said: “This is an excellent example of three ambulance services – PaNDR, St John and CATS – working together to give patients in this region the very best service possible.
“We also want to extend out thanks to ACT, which has been a constant and loyal supporter throughout the history of ANTS and again now it has made this important transition to PaNDR.”
ACT CEO, Shelly Thake, added: “We are delighted to be able to support the new children’s ambulance service and would like to thank all those members of the public who have been so generous with their donations.”
Anyone who wants to make a donation to ACT should visit www.helpyourhospital.co.uk/ambulance