Intensive Care/High Dependency
The University Hospitals of North Tees and Hartlepool both provide critical care (ICU and HDU) services for the trust. The trust has 8 ICU beds and 10 HDU beds; at North Tees there are six ICU and six HDU and at Hartlepool there are two ICU and 4 HDU beds. Critical Care is provided for all specialities throughout the trust. Haemofiltration is provided at the University Hospital of North Tees critical care. This highly technological environment is updated regularly with additional equipment to improve care for patients. A well established critical care outreach service is also provided.
Critical care beds are used flexibly to increase/reduce ICU/HDU bed availability based on what is needed at that time. The unit has a skilled workforce and an ongoing development programme.
The aim of the critical care outreach team is to provide and support the care of patients on general wards who are at risk of their condition deteriorating, or patients who have moved from higher levels of care, whose needs can be met with additional advice and support from the critical care team. The team follow up all patients discharged from critical care.
A support group has been set up where past patients are invited back to meet other former patients and share their experiences. The feedback from this group has been extremely positive.
The Critical Care department has a working group which meets monthly. The service works closely with other critical care departments in the Tees Valley via the network group.
Updated 14 February 2008