Friends of PICU - supporting Southampton Hospital Children's Intensive Care

The Friends of PICU is a charity covering the Central South of the UK from Surrey across to Oxford and down to West Sussex and over to Salisbury.

We support the regional centre of excellence for Children's Intensive Care at Southampton Hospital. The charity has just fully funded the purchase of a new specialist ambulance which can retrieve children who are critically ill and take them to the PICU for urgent and often life-saving treatment.

We are run solely by volunteers and rely on kind donations and fundraising from our own events.

Based at Southampton General Hospital is the South’s centre of excellence in Paediatric Intensive Care where each year PICU treats approximately 900 critically ill children.

Children aged from newborn babies to 18 years arrive with all manner of illnesses and injuries, treated by a team of highly skilled medical staff who have an outstanding reputation for high levels of care.

If you would like to know more about Friends of PICU please visit our website at

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hayley, sam and jess said...

Incredible unit, we lost our daughter Grace just 10 months ago aged 3, she was treated on the unit for a wk. The whole unit is truly outstanding and we thank them all for giving Grace all the love and care whilst she stayed with you, we just wish we could have brought her home.

Sophia said...

This unit saved my sister's life when she was 16 after she was involved in a road accident. The incredible care from all of the staff truely saved her, including being transferred from our local hospital in a specialist retrieval ambulance which acted as an intensive care unit. She would not have survived the journey in a normal ambulance. I know that Friends of PICU have just been able to purchase a brand new retrieval ambulance, but they are starting to fundraise for a replacement for 3 years time. It is vital that the unit get this ambulance, as many children die without the use of it. The charity work so hard to raise as much as possible to help the unit's staff, patients and families. The work they do is invaluble, and they need all the funds they can get. Please support them.