Critical Care Unit

Who is the service for?

Critically ill patients are normally admitted into Critical Care via A&E, via the wards or following theatre if they require closer monitoring and additional organ support.

What does the service provide?

The Adult Critical Care services provide support to a broad range of specialities. The High Dependency Unit [HDU] level 2 facilities provide 1:2 nurse to patient ratio for patients requiring invasive monitoring and support including fluids and drug therapy; and respiratory support including high flow oxygen delivery, CPAP and non-invasive ventilation.

The Intensive Care Unit [ICU] level 3 facilities provide 1:1 nurse to patient ratio for patients who require more invasive monitoring and support including intubation & ventilation, and renal replacement therapy.

Who will patients meet?

Our units are staffed with nurses specialised in Critical Care provision. You will find that your relative or friend is nursed by a named nurse on every shift, In addition, we have a team of Critical Care consultants and non-consultant doctors who provide a daily ward round, regularly liaising with the consultant who is responsible for the patients with regards to their underlying condition (parent team). The exception to this is at the Royal Oldham Hospital, where the High Dependency Unit daily ward-round is provided by the ‘parent’ team. There are a number of support services which may be involved with the patient, these include; pharmacy, physiotherapy, speech & language therapists, microbiologists.

When is the service available?

The units provide a 24/7 365 day a year service.

Where is the service provided?

Within Pennine Acute we have a combined ICU and HDU at Fairfield General Hospital, and separate ICU and HDU at both The Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital.

Key staff/consultants

Clinical Director - Dr N Tierney

Specialty Lead, North Manchester – Dr M Longshaw

Specialty Lead, Oldham – Dr A Richards

Specialty Lead, Fairfield – Dr A Drummond

Directorate Manager (interim) – Helen Barrow

Lead Nurse – Kay Miller

Matron – NMGH Vacant post