The Trust’s Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU) is an innovative state-of-the-art flexible facility for the care of critically ill patients, including those who are immuno-compromised or highly infective. It is designed around the needs of patients/families in terms of comfort, dignity, privacy and safety and wasshortlisted in the Best Acute Design category of the Building Better Healthcare Awards.
The 18 individual glass walled rooms provide an excellent environment for patients/families whilst also allowing close observation of the patient. The walls change from opaque to transparent at the flick of a switch enabling privacy when required. The provision of same sex accommodation is not required within critical care settings however this design enables CHS to deliver this initiative.
In response to patient/family feedback regarding noise in the previous unit, all rooms are soundproofed and equipped with air-conditioning and temperature control. Rooms contain multifunction monitoring devices and the ability to deliver all methods of dialysis. Infection prevention and control is the foundation of effective critical care and there is separation of clinical/non-clinical workflows and a designated visitor corridor for access to patient rooms. Hydraulic pendants support equipment, cupboards are not fixed and there are few horizontal surfaces to ensure thorough cleaning with minimal disruption.
Patients treated on the previous unit had commented about loss of contact with the outside world due to being confined to the ICCU facility therefore power/gas outlets are provided on a veranda, allowing long-term ventilated patients the opportunity to sit with their family out of their treatment area, providing a welcome change of environment.
Further information regarding ICCU and what patients and their families can expect can be found in the ICCU relatives booklet.
Critical Care Outreach Service
The Critical Care Outreach team provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the identification of patients at risk of developing critical illness, and for patients who are recovering from a period of critical illness, to enable early intervention or transfer to an area suitable to care for that patient’s individual needs.
Dr Andy Morrison – 0191 565 6256 ext 42447
Vicky Mitchell – 0191 565 6256 ext 47512
Dave McNicholas – 0191 541 0238