Medics and a top children’s charity are appealing for information following the theft of a Yorkhill Paediatric Intensive Care Transport and Retrieval Service Vehicle from the Johnstone area.
Dr Jim Beattie, Associate Medical Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Women’s and Children’s Directorate, said: “We are shocked and saddened that a Paediatric Intensive Care Transport and Retrieval Service Vehicle, donated to the hospital by Subaru UK and the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, has been stolen.
“The vehicle is a support car and is supplementary to the ambulance provision. It was stolen from outside the home of a member of ITU clinical staff who was on-call.
“The car is used to transport the medical and nurse personnel to other hospitals where they stabilise and prepare patients ready for transfer via ambulance to the RHSC ITU.
“The car enables the medics and nurses to go direct to the referring hospital whilst the specialist peadiatric ambulance travels separately.
“It is hugely disappointing that someone would steal such a vehicle especially as it is very clearly marked as a paediatric ITU vehicle.
“If anyone has any information about this vehicle we would urge them to contact Strathclyde Police.”
Contingency arrangements have already been put in place to ensure that our staff can continue to travel to other hospitals rapidly in support of the Paediatric Intensive Care Transport and Retrieval Service.
Shona Cardle, Chief Executive of Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, said “This vehicle is used to ensure the quick response of the Paediatric Intensive Care Transport and Retrieval Service to prepare sick children and babies for transfer from all over Scotland. Yorkhill Children’s Foundation are appalled by this mindless crime.”
Issued by Yorkhill Children’s Foundation on 0141 201 6917.
Notes to Ediotor
The Subaru Forester ambulance car serves the Paediatric Intensive Care Transport and Retrieval Service at Yorkhill Hospital. It was received as a gift in kind from Subaru UK, facilitated by Yorkhill Children’s Foundation in 2010 with a new vehicle presented earlier this year. This invaluable vehicle is perfect for responding to a range of call-outs. Intensive Care staff use the car to respond to emergencies from home when on call.