Queensland Paediatric ECLS Service

The Queensland Paediatric ECLS Service provides care and treatment to children requiring Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS). This is a type of life support that involves using a machine outside the body to replace the work of the heart and/or lungs. ECLS is used when the heart and/or lungs are failing, despite all other treatments. Our services include ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) and VAD (Ventricular Assist Device).

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Catchment area

The service is available to children living in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • paediatricians
  • paediatric intensivists
  • paediatric surgeons
  • neonatologists
  • emergency physicians
  • adult intensivists.

Information for health professionals

Referral instructions
Referral of critically ill children is usually via Children’s Health Queensland.

This service is available at

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (4a)
Queensland Children’s Hospital

Level 4
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 1400   |   07 3068 1111 (hospital switchboard)

Operating hours

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are a locked unit, to enter please see our reception staff or use the intercom beside the entry doors.

Visiting hours

Parents and carers can visit any time (day or night). Other visitors are welcome between 10am and noon, and 2pm and 9pm with parent / carer approval. For patient safety we limit beside visitors to two at a time.

Related services

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Retrieval Service
Social Work


Assistance for families
Children’s Advice and Transport Coordination Hub (CATCH)
Extracorporeal Life Support fact sheet
Welcome to PICU fact sheet