Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides sophisticated care and life support for seriously ill or injured patients.

More than 2,500 patients are admitted each year to ICU, including patients already in hospital, from Emergency and transferred to us from other hospitals.

In May 2016, a new state-of-the art 42-bed capacity ICU opened at the hospital, one of the biggest units in Australia.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is located on the 6th floor in the B building of the hospital. Please don’t hesitate to ask our hospital volunteers to guide you to the unit. Although the ICU is extremely busy and noisy with lots of activity and equipment, you should never feel you are in the way.

Our staff

Patient care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and allied health staff who have specialist training in Intensive Care. Specialist ICU doctors, called "intensivists", are primarily responsible for the treatment of patients. Other medical teams and staff from within the hospital also contribute to the care of patients. Due to the complex care and close monitoring required in ICU, there are more nurses allocated to patients than on other wards.

The ICU also has dedicated Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNCs) who provide liaison between the ICU and families as well as a follow-up service for many patients discharged from the ICU to the general wards. The CNCs can assist with organising letters for urgent visa applications for family members overseas, support for leave from work, special consideration for study, etc. They are available seven days a week during business hours – ask the bedside nurse or the staff at reception.

Visiting

Your visits are welcome and are considered a valuable contribution to the wellbeing of your relative, partner or friend.

In the interests of the patient, we do suggest that visitors are restricted to immediate family and/or significant others. Children may visit but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. You may wish to discuss the appropriateness of this with the CNC. Friends may visit if the next of kin gives approval.

Please ensure mobile phones are switched to silent whilst you are in the hospital. Cameras and other recording devices are not permitted without prior permission as they may breach patient and staff confidentiality.

Two visitors are permitted to visit at a time. While every effort is made to accommodate visitors, you may be asked to wait in the waiting room if there is a medical or nursing procedure in progress. Occasionally this may take longer than anticipated, we ask for your patience, as our priority is the care of your loved one.

There are vending machines and coffee / tea facilities available in the waiting area. A large range of meals and refreshments are available in the cafeteria on the ground floor of the main hospital building. There are public phones and toilets adjacent to the waiting area.

Visiting hours

Ward rounds are conducted twice daily. We need to consider patient privacy and confidentiality and therefore ask visitors to leave the unit between 07:30 and 09:00am and 3pm to 5pm. Every effort is made for the ward rounds to finish on time, but they may be extended if patients’ conditions require it. Your patience while waiting is appreciated.

In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.