There are many reasons why a patient may need
to be admitted to critical care (also known as intensive care),
such as after an accident or as a booked admission after surgery
that has been complicated or lengthy. A patient is admitted to
critical care so that their condition can be closely
The nurses in critical care normally care for one or two
patients, allowing them to spend a considerable time with
individual patients. The nurse can update relatives of any changes
to the condition of the patient.
Critical care can be contacted at any time of the day or night.
It is helpful if only one member of the family telephones, and then
passes the information to the rest of the family and friends. If
there is any change in condition, the nurse will telephone the
family with the information unless requested otherwise.
Visiting is restricted to immediate family and very close
friends. Visiting times are 2pm-7pm unless a prior agreement
is made with the nurse in charge. The morning can be a very
busy time in critical care and is when the critical care team will
be reviewing all patients.
About the team
The critical care team comprises:
Matron – Leads the nursing team and in charge
of critical care.
Consultant intensivist –
Leads the medical team in critical care. All patients are reviewed
daily by our consultants with their team.
Sister/charge nurse –
Supports and leads their own team of nurses, and supports matron in
management of the critical care area.
Senior staff nurses – May be
the nurse in charge of the shift or directly caring for
Staff nurses – The majority
of our nursing staff caring for our patients.
Physiotherapist – All
patients are reviewed by a physiotherapist daily.