London District staff in BBC series
A number of highly trained London
District staff will soon be seen in a new BBC One series,
titled Children's Emergency.
The series, shot
over a period of five months in 2008, follows the Holborn based
Children's Acute Transport Service (CATS). It also
demonstrates the integral role St John Ambulance
plays in transporting CATS's clinical teams and critically ill
In partnership since 2004, CATS and St John Ambulance, provide a
24 hour 365 day a year service that combines the high-tech
equipment of a paediatric intensive care unit with
highly specialised ambulance staff and
state of the art vehicles.
We are delighted that this programme will demonstrate their outstanding work and that it will go some way to recognising the dedication and skill of the excellent men and women who spend so much of their time helping to save young lives across the country.
CEO St John Ambulance, London
St John London also provides the same service for the South
Thames Retrieval Service (STRS) based at Evelina Children’s
Hospital, Westminster. Both are supplied with
specially trained ambulance technicians who ensure
the medical team and patient remain safe throughout their journey
assisting with tasks like monitoring and resuscitation.
Bradleigh Sims, Commercial Transport Manager for St John London,
manages and coordinates the St John Ambulance teams. He said
that due to the camera crew's experience of filming in difficult
situations, their introduction to the CATS daily routine went
'At first it was a little difficult but the medical teams and St
John Ambulance staff soon got used to them. The camera team
were very experienced and had just finished filming the last
episodes of the BBC Trauma programme, so were well versed
with filming in difficult situations.'
Towards a greater good
Len Bamber, CEO of St John Ambulance London believes the
partnership between CATS and St John Ambulance, is a world
class example of inter agency cooperation
towards a greater community good:
'Their combined efforts ensure swift safe transportation of
critically ill babies and young children in life
threatening and highly charged
'We are delighted that this programme will demonstrate their
outstanding work and that it will go some way to recognising the
dedication and skill of the excellent men and
women who spend so much of their time helping to save young
lives across the country.'
Modern day organisation
In line with the recent re-branding of St John Ambulance,
Children's Emergency will go some way towards shattering
misconceptions of what the organisation does. While Mr Sims
is at pains to point out that the primary focus for the series is
CATS, he believes it will also provide a more accurate and
up-to-date portrayal of St John Ambulance and highlight its
involvement in providing vital services.
'St John Ambulance is making the difference; we
are a forward thinking modern day organisation that don’t just get
seen at football matches or the local garden fetes.
'I am extremely proud and lucky to be involved in the provision
of such service,' he said.
St John Ambulance London in partnership with CATS and STRS,
transport approximately 2000 critically ill children to
intensive care, by road, each year.
The eight part series begins May 4.