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Critical Care

Intensive Care & High Dependency Facilities

Intensive Care and High Dependency units are based at both the Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle.

Patients who require our specialist care are admitted from across the north of England, all over the United Kingdom, and occasionally from other parts of Europe.


The Freeman Hospital

Our wards

  • Ward 37 - Integrated Critical Care Unit - is a general adult unit which specialises in care for patients after complex surgery and with medical problems including transplantation of the liver, pancreas and kidneys. It is based on level three of the Institute of Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital, located on ICCU.
  • The regional Cardiothoracic Centre  provides intensive and high dependency care for adults and children. This includes care for patients who have urgent and routine major heart and lung surgery, including heart and lung transplants. The cardiothoracic unit is made up of:

The Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI)

Our wards

  • Ward 18 Intensive Therapy Unit is an adult unit specialising in major neurosurgery or traumatic injury. Newcastle’s Emergency Department (A&E) is based at the RVI and is a major trauma and neurosurgical centre, so patients with serious head, orthopaedic (including spinal) and other traumatic injuries can be transferred from Emergency Department to Ward 18 for emergency care and treatment. The home ventilation service is also based here and provides support for patients who need ongoing help and a breathing machine at home.
  • Ward 38 Critical Care Unit (CCU) at the RVI cares for adult patients who have had complex gastric or plastic surgery, medical emergencies and women who need special attention following a complex gynaecological procedure or complicated birth. Ward 38 works closely with the regional burns centre located at the RVI, so patients who have suffered extensive burn injuries may be cared for on the CCU at the RVI.
  • Ward 12 Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the RVI's Great North Children's Hospital has specialised beds for neonatal and paediatric surgery, burns, plastics, neurosurgery, trauma and complex respiratory diseases. It is also the base for the regional paediatric retrieval team.
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