CONNECCT (Child or Neonate Needing Emergency Critical Care Transport) is the joint paediatric and neonatal transfer service for Northern Ireland. The service is made up of paediatric and neonatal teams, including a dedicated ambulance and crew.

Northern Ireland has one paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) located at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. All children needing paediatric intensive care are transferred to PICU unless it is at full capacity, in which case they go elsewhere in the UK or Ireland.

There is one Regional Neonatal Intensive care unit at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital and four neonatal intensive care units at Altnegelvin, Antrim, Craigavon and the Ulster hospitals, including facilities for short-term stabilisation in Daisy Hill, Causeway and the Erne hospitals.

How to Access the Service

This service will be arranged by the clinician responsible for your child’s specialist care.
The service can be accessed via two different routes.

1. For children requiring paediatric intensive care the transport details will be discussed during the referral process. If suitable and the team are available this will be arranged and confirmed with the referring team. For other transport enquiries, including training, contact the paediatric transport coordinator via PICU.

2. For neonates requiring transfer this should be discussed with the neonatal transport coordinator (via telephone 07825 147266) following identification of a suitable bed.

Location of the Service

The CONNECCT service is based within the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital.