The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides a service of care for critically ill or injured patients. Patients in ICU need constant medical support and may require intensive monitoring, help with their breathing or they have a severe infection and need to be cared for using specialist equipment or resources.
Our ICU consists of 7 combined adult beds, 2 of which are high dependency beds, however they are all used completely flexibly. In addition, there is a paediatric holding facility in which sick children are stabilised before being transferred to a regional paediatric ICU such as Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The unit admits approximately 400 patients per year. Patients are transferred to the unit from all specialities, including respiratory medicine, general and upper GI surgery, trauma, orthopaedics and paediatrics. The unit has always done well in national audits of performance.