In addition to transporting children and infants to the care they need, these services also provide outreach information to community hospitals and remote communities, informing health providers about pre-transport resuscitation and stabilization of infants and children.
Saskatchewan Pediatric Transport Service
The service coordinates access to specialized hospital services for children throughout the province. If your physician or registered nurse refers your child for urgent pediatric care in Saskatoon or Regina, a transport team may be dispatched if the situation calls for it.
When needed, pediatric transport teams transport critically ill children to Royal University Hospital’s (RUH) Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in Saskatoon. Children who need a high level of monitoring and care but not the subspecialists of the PICU can receive appropriate care closer to home at a high acuity area in Regina General Hospital (RGH).
A pediatrician or pediatric specialist will triage the request for service and make arrangements to transport your child. Arriving by ground EMS or air ambulance, a transport team will assess the situation, confer with the receiving hospital, and provide treatment to stabilize your child for travel. Once your child is as stabilized as possible, the team will continue to provide stabilization and support during transport.
Saskatchewan Neonatal Transportation Service
Neonatal transport teams based at Regina General Hospital and Saskatoon's Royal University Hospital often travel to other communities to stabilize and transport infants for transport via emergency medical services to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), or for cardiology services to Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.
A neonatologist will assist the community physician in deciding the need for transport and appropriate interim care. Based on your child’s condition, transportation availability and geographical and weather conditions, the neonatologist will dispatch a transport team to your child’s location by ground or air ambulance. The team will assess the situation and provide appropriate stabilization in consultation with the neonatologist. Once your child is as stable as possible, they will be transported to hospital.
Northern Medical Transportation
Limited to specific northern locations, the Northern Medical Transportation Program provides coverage for:
- Air medical evacuation services for all eligible Saskatchewan residents.
- Non-emergency medical transportation for Supplementary Health beneficiaries and children whose families receive Family Health Benefits, to assist with travel to medically required appointments and services outside their community.