About Us

About Us

NECTAR was officially launched on Friday 15th April 2016 proudly hosted under the umbrella of the Great North Children’s Hospital. 

The life-saving service is housed in a new purpose designed headquarters at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (previously known as the Newcastle General Hospital) with two brand new, hi-tech ambulances serving as mobile intensive care units.

Launch of NECTAR


Members of the NECTAR Team at our official launch in April 2016

Cutting of the ribbon with Pam Royle and Ian Payne from Tyne Tees

Dr Iain Johnstone and Lynn Scott with Pam Royle and Iain Payne in the Simulation Training Centre at NECTAR Headquarters

NECTAR's role and responsibilites

NECTAR will be transferring over 300 critically ill children each year with the demand still rising. These are children, infants and even new-born babies who are extremely unwell with conditions such as organ failure, life-threatening heart problems, traumatic injuries and severe respiratory illnesses.

The service provides 24/7 Consultant led telephone advice, triaging and decision support to clinicians throughout the region dealing with critically ill children.

The service will also deliver outreach education through regular case review meetings with DGHs, regional multi-disciplinary study days with simulation training at the state of the art simulation facilities at NECTAR HQ.

The NECTAR website will host information for families and health professional incluiding guidelines, drugs/infusion calculator and patient care pathways aimed to drive excellence regionwide.

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