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Critical Care

Critical Care

Our comprehensive and fully integrated Critical Care Service provides highly specialist, intensive clinical support and high dependency care for adults and children from across the north of England. We look after patients with a full range of conditions from those admitted to hospital by paramedic ambulance or helicopter following severe traumatic injury, to those with a serious illness or needing major surgery.

The highly specialised treatment we provide combines intensive nursing and the latest medical technology to support our patients’ complex needs. This may include assisted ventilation with life support machines, using specialist equipment to take over the functions of the kidneys, or using pumps to deliver essential drugs and to support the heart and circulation.

All critical care areas can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so we can respond to emergencies whenever they occur, and you can be reassured that expert staff are always on hand to offer care, advice and support.


Fully integrated and advanced critical care facilities

We have a full range of critical care facilities at each of our two major hospitals, covering the two different types of specialist care:

  • Intensive Care Units (ICU) - provide maximum clinical support for patients with a serious illness or who need major surgery.
  • High Dependency Units (HDU) - provide patients with specialist support for their illness, following surgery or Injury, or as part of their recovery as a 'step down' from ICU.

Both the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Freeman Hospital also have areas of particular expertise in critical care.

Find out more about our specialist intensive care and high dependency facilities.

You can also see how our critical care units compare to others nationwide.

More information

For more information about Critical Care, please contact:

  • Nurse Consultant, Critical Care Services
  • tel: 0191 233 6161
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