The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides a service of care for critically ill or injured patients. Patients on 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.
If a relative of yours is admitted to ICU, he/she will be cared for by a specially trained and qualified nurse at all times. The nurse may need to assume full responsibility for a patient’s care, this is because the patient is unable, through illness or injury, to take part in their own care. Each patient’s privacy, dignity, religious and cultural needs will be respected at all times.
A shared care system operates on the unit. This means that the consultant on the ward who your relative was originally admitted under and the ICU consultant anaesthetists will share the medical management of your relative.
Caring for an intensive care or high dependency patient is very different to caring for a ward patient. Often ICU patients are totally reliant on the nursing and medical team and therefore you may encounter delays in visiting while we carry out essential nursing or medical procedures, we apologise in advance for these delays and assure you that any delays will be kept to a minimum.
As intensive care is a sensitive area with very sick people being treated on it, we ask that only close family relative’s visit patients on ICU, this is in the interest of all our patients and their families. There are strict visiting times so that patients are able to get their rest and our teams can carry out their work effectively.
Visiting times are between 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
Seriously ill patients can be visited at anytime and we can sometimes arrange for close relatives to stay overnight, Any visitor needing to visit outside the scheduled visiting times will only be allowed to do so in exceptional circumstances and should be arranged with the ICU staff in advance.