Critical care incorporates general adult intensive care, high-dependency, the Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU), critical care outreach and the Critical Care Follow-up Clinic. The Critical Care Unit has 35 beds on the third floor of the tower at University College Hospital and 9 beds on the first floor of the Westmoreland street site. All of these beds are managed and staffed by the same large multidisciplinary team. All care is consultant-led.
There are currently fourteen critical care consultants, who together provide 24-hour cover for the unit. There are strong links with University College London: five consultants have joint appointments and we have three professors amongst our consultant team. Critical care, along with anaesthesia, is one of the main themes in the UCLH Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre (CBRC), which is the only CBRC in the country to have this theme. This allows great a cooperation between clinical and academic aspects of care.
Due to this, the critical care department has the most active critical care clinical research in the UK and employs 5.3 full time equivalent research staff. Research consists of academic trials, first in patient trials and multinational trials (grant or industry funded).
Donating to critical care will support both research and clinical activities.