University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Information for patients and families

PICU leafletAll families of children who are in intensive care require help and support to cope with the reality of their child's critical illness and to manage their other family responsibilities. In this section you can find information about being a parent of a child in PICU, visiting, and our routines.

The development of Southampton as the lead centre for paediatric intensive care means that children requiring intensive care are travelling many miles to access the service, and the families of these children need extra help and support. Read our information for parents of children who have been retrieved from other hospitals.

Our facilities include:

  • accommodation for the next of kin near to the unit - the Ronald McDonald Family Room is found across the corridor, opposite PICU;  
  • a separate waiting area for families;
  • refreshment facilities and a quiet lounge.

Please see our Family Guide for information on visiting and routines in the PICU.

We aim to work in partnership with families, keeping you involved and part of the decision making process. All of the multi professional team are encouraged to adopt this philosophy.