• RESCUE - 0300 303 4147 (1030 - 2300 seven days a week)

All referrals to RESCUE should now be made using our dedicated form via referapatient

We are proud to announce that in addition to the excellent service we provide across the Thames Valley & Wessex Network, we are now coordinating Adult Critical Care Transfers originating within Sussex.

Units across Sussex as well as Frimley Park are asked to call the single point of contact on 0300 303 4147 to check our availability before submitting an online referral.  

 Dedicated Adult Critical Care Transfer Team across the Thames Valley, Wessex & Sussex

For Time Critical or Time Sensitive transfers ALWAYS call before emailing or making an online referral

RESCUE - 0300 303 4147 (1030 - 2300 seven days a week)

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are Proud to work in partnership with both the Thames Valley & Wessex and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Critical Care Networks

The TV&W Network covers 22 Critical Care Units, hosted by 14 Trusts. This covers all the Units in Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Oxfordshire as well as the Units in Salisbury, Chichester and Milton Keynes.

All 22 Units within the Network are covered by the RESCUE Transfer Service and we accept referrals into and out of those Units direct.

Within the KSS footprint we accept and coordinate transfers into and out of the following hospitals: St Richards, Worthing, The Princess Royal, The Royal Sussex, Eastbourne, The Conquest and The Queen Victoria Hospital. 


Total of 1566*

571 with RESCUE Transfer Doctor

December 2020 - December 2022


Total of 70*

62 with RESCUE Transfer Doctor

December 2022



*In scope transfers. Excludes additional "out of scope" missions not contracted by NHSE but conducted by the RESCUE transfer team.

Our Missions

The interactive map shows the location of our two operational bases at Nursling and Oxford along with the hospitals we have supported or transferred into so far.

Recent Feedback

"The skills of the dedicated Transfer Nurse or specialist paramedic crew make the difference. We don't need to spare our staff to go to transfer and leave our unit at risk"
"Very useful service. Would like to join if vacancies become available!"
"Being a neuro centre, we get lots of patients from elsewhere. Repatriation process was previously extremely difficult leading to bed blocking due to inability of getting an ambulance to transfer and thus preventing other patients being admitted. I feel this service has sorted this issue it is great!"
"Stops your clinical staff base on the ICU being reduced"
"Please continue this service - its fantastic The communication with this service is great and always prompt"
"Using dedicated teams instead of unit staff so patient flow was not affected"
"We used to request an ambulance and be on the phone for up to an hour. With this service the forms are easy to use and the team contact you within an hour. It is efficient with communication, helpful using the transfer team and not the nurse and overall makes our job so much easier"
"It is much easier to get an ambulance for the transfer"
"Previously we used private ambulances to aid availability so we have saved this cost"
"This amazing service has been much needed for years. It has revolutionised the safe transfer of critically unwell patients in the region. It is particularly useful for the smaller units who cannot afford to spare staff and equipment."
"RHCH ICU has benefitted hugely from the RESCUE ACCT. We have had to make a number of capacity transfers in the last 3 weeks (at least 4 patients, once 2 patients in the same day!). An excellent service."
"The paramedics and ECAs are professional, experienced and excellent at what they do."