Children’s Advice and Transport Coordination Hub (CATCH)

07 3068 2089

Why call us?

We are a 24-hour nurse-led service to assist you with the care of non-critical patients.
Call us for:

  • access to specialist paediatric medical and nursing advice
  • assistance with the inter-hospital transfer of non-critical patients into and out of Queensland Children’s Hospital.

Who do we help?

We are available to all medical and nursing staff working in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

We can also assist General Practitioners with referrals to the Emergency Department at Queensland Children’s Hospital. View QCH referral guidelines.

If CATCH isn’t the best service for your patient’s needs, we will quickly connect you to the best option.

For critically-ill children, follow your usual in-region pathways or contact Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ) on 1300 799 127.

Unsure if your patient requires a critical inter-hospital transfer?

Complete the Queensland Health Inter-hospital transfer request form (access via QH intranet) and a member of the CATCH team will contact you.

Make sure your contact number is supplied within the form.  If you have not heard from a CATCH nurse within half an hour of submitting the form, please call CATCH on 13 CATCH (13 22 82).

If referring a patient from a non-Queensland Health facility contact CATCH directly.

Aeromedical non-critical patient transfer forms can be found in the Inter-hospital transfer tab of the Queensland Paediatric Emergency Care Escalation and Advice page.

If the patient is flying commercially  and requires a nurse escort from Queensland Children’s Hospital, the Nursing Team need to complete the: CHQ Nurse Escort Form.

Useful guidelines

Queensland Health staff can access the following guidelines via the QH intranet:

Paediatric emergency care resources are available online

Including: Guidelines and flowcharts, Resuscitation drug and equipment guide (CREDD), Resuscitation eLearning including CREDD education, Transport triage tool, Parent fact sheets and more.

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