Dr Chris Hands
Fellow PICU, Starship Child Health, Auckland, NZ
Chris trained in paediatrics in and around London, UK. During this time he also worked on refugee health programmes in London, the development of child protection systems in Morocco, and a post-Ebola reconstruction programme in Sierra Leone. Chris completed sub-specialty training in paediatric intensive care at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, and now works as the fellow in PICU at Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland.
Paediatric Critical Care Transport in Aotearoa New Zealand
For children requiring intensive care, admission to a specialist paediatric centre is associated with improved outcome. However, Aotearoa New Zealand’s geography presents challenges to the timely provision of highly specialised care for critically ill children. Starship Children’s Hospital PICU provides advice on clinical management for children requiring intensive care in other New Zealand hospitals, and transport to PICU when necessary. As PICU is a long journey from many referring centres, judgements about the timing of transfer can be complex.