We care for patients who have been brought into hospital with a range of serious health conditions and for patients who need to be monitored following surgery.
Most people needing intensive care have problems with one or more organs. They may, for example, be unable to breathe on their own. Reasons for being admitted could be a serious accident, a serious short term condition, a serious infection or major surgery.
The team carry out a range of treatments using various different specialist equipment including ventilators, intravenous lines, feeding tubes and catheters.
We also provide haemofiltration for patients whose kidneys are failing.
Once our patients are well enough they will be cared for on one of our general wards or in a high observation area of a ward.
Our staff on the unit have received specialist training to regional and national standards.
Once a patient no longer needs intensive care, they can be transferred to another ward to continue their recovery. Other patients will spend large periods of time in critical care.
Continuing issues can include weakness and stiffness, tiredness, weight and mental health problems. Our experienced staff are on hand to ensure patients are supported both before and after leaving critical care.
First floor, main tower block
University Hospital of North Tees