Our Intensive Care Units are where the sickest patients in the hospital are cared for. These patients are very ill and require close monitoring. They may require organ support, such as dialysis, or assistance with breathing, such as ventilation via a tube or mask.
Each nurse looks after one or two patients, depending on the patient’s needs. Shifts are 12 hour day and night shifts, 7 days per week.
We have 2 Intensive Care Units and one dedicated High Dependency Unit within ITAPS. The Leicester Royal Infirmary has a 25 bed Intensive Care Unit, and the Glenfield Hospital has a 33 bed Intensive Care Unit. At the Leicester General, there is a 4 bedded High Dependency Unit.
Each unit has its own personality and case mix. At the Leicester Royal they look after patients from the Emergency Department, those requiring upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery, Haematology and Cancer patients and Spinal patients. The Glenfield is a National Centre for ECMO (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) and a centre for Cardiac Surgery. Other specialities at the Glenfield include Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine, Thoracic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Medicine and Surgery, Renal Medicine and Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.