WATCh 24 hour hotline: 0300 0300 789

The Wales and West Acute Transport for Children Service (WATCh) is a jointly commissioned team responsible for the safe transfer of critically ill children across South West England and South Wales.

The team co-ordinates the transfer of children into the regional PICUs and HDUs in Cardiff and Bristol.

Referral calls from hospital staff are made to the WATCh hotline: the WATCh team will provide management advice for all patients and, together with local clinicians, determine the best place for ongoing care.

With the establishment of the South West Paediatric Critical Care Operational Delivery network, we are now collecting data on all paediatric transfers within South West England. This data collection is in line with information gathered in other regions across the country.

Please complete a STOPP form (Safe Transfer of Paediatric Patients) for each child that requires an inter-hospital transfer. After the transfer, a copy of the form should be scanned and emailed to WATCh for audit purposes.

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