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Critical Care Department (ICU & HDU)

The Critical Care Department at Arrowe Park Hospital cares for some of our most seriously ill patients. The department is broken down into the following:

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU), also known as the Critical Care or Intensive Therapy Department, is a unit within the hospital that looks after patients whose conditions are life-threatening and need constant, close monitoring and support from equipment and medication to keep normal body functions going. ICU has higher levels of staffing, specialist monitoring and treatment equipment. Staff within ICU are highly trained in caring for the most severely ill patients.

High Dependency Unit (HDU)

As patients get better and need less intensive care, they are sometimes transferred to the HDU. Patients will then move to a general ward elsewhere in the hospital or be discharged home.

Critical Care Outreach

The outreach team is a multidisciplinary team comprising of senior doctors, senior nurses and anaesthetic staff, all with a background in intensive care. The team was established in 2004 in order to support ward staff in the detection and management of critically ill patients. Ward nursing staff use a Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) in the assessment of all adult patients within the Trust. If a patient’s MEWS score is of concern then they are immediately referred to both a doctor and a member of the critical care outreach team. The outreach team will also support patients discharged from critical care areas to the wards.

Critical Care follow up and Bereavement Team

This team offers support to patients and their families following critical illness. This can be both physical and psychological support. The clinic is run by trained ICU senior nurses, one of whom is a trained nurse counsellor. Critical care consultant advice is available. Bereavement support can be accessed by anyone; family or friend if needed.

Visiting Times

  • Monday – Sunday 15:00pm – 16:00pm
  • Monday – Sunday 17.30pm - 19.00pm

Visiting a patient in our Intensive Care Unit is very flexible, as this is a difficult time for families. However, there will be times when you will be asked to wait due to interventions being carried out or other patients on the unit being seriously ill. The number of visitors to a bedside will be limited for the patient's safety.

Department Location

We are situated on the ground floor of Arrowe Park Hospital. There are two entrances; one close to the Emergency Department and the other close to Theatres.

  • Direct dial number: 0151 604 7401


  • Clinical Service Lead: Dr R Mehra
  • Matron:Julie Reid