Critical Care is provided by a team of individuals working to provide care for patients needing a higher level of care and medical management than can be provded by a normal hospital ward.  Nationally, every year, there are over 200,000 admissions to critical care.

Critical Care is often divided into two sections:

Intensive Care

Patients requiring the highest level of nursing care and/or medical management are managed in such units. These units are known as Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) or Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The unit at St Peter’s admits approximately 600 patients each year. The majority of patients will be in the ICU for less than 3 days but some may need our care much longer. 

High Dependency Unit

 Patients who are recovering from a period of critical illness are often transferred to another area on their path to a full recovery. This is our High Dependency Unit (HDU). Our unit cares for a spectrum of patients, from those requiring initial close monitoring following complex surgery to those patients requiring support for life threatening conditions.
The ICU and HDU were combined in May 2017 to form a new 15 bed Critical Care Unit. This has enabled considerable rationalisation of staff and facilities to provide better care for our patients.
The Critical Care Team also provide a service to the whole hospital to identify and lend support to ward staff in managing their sick patients. This is known as the Critical Care Outreach Team (CCOT).

St Peter's Hospital also has a Coronary Care Unit (CCU), part of the Birch Acute Coronary Unit (BACU) which treats most patients with heart problems.

There are lots of excellent websites that provide useful information about critical care, some are listed on this page. A quick overview from one of our professional bodies documents how the specialty has grown over 20 years to become a vital part of any acute hospital - read it here.