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Critical care

We look after people with potentially life-threatening conditions. You'll come to critical care if you need close and constant monitoring, special equipment to support your organs, and medicine to keep your body functioning normally while you recover.

We see patients with a wide range of conditions, but you'll usually come to critical care due to problems with one or more of your organ systems, particularly your lungs (respiratory system) or your heart (cardiac system).

We have four intensive care wards in Southampton General Hospital:

We also have two high dependency wards, for patients who are seriously ill but don't need to be in intensive care. These are the surgical high dependency unit, and the medical high dependency unit.

Critical care includes several other departments who provide emergency or critical care services to other teams within the hospital, helping to look after seriously ill patients around the Trust. Find out more at the links below:

Saving lives

The department delivers excellent outcomes.

The latest national data shows that survival rates for patients treated in our general intensive care unit are five per cent higher than other comparable units in the country.

The survival rates for our resuscitation team are also significantly better than those achieved in other hospitals.

Ongoing education

Critical care is a highly specialised area of work, and our staff are trained to react quickly and use state-of-the-art equipment to care for very ill patients.

We have a rigorous training scheme in the department, for staff who work in it and for clinical staff in the rest of the Trust.

We have an induction programme for all medical staff joining critical care. This involves being mentored, on-the-job training and several weeks of study. There are regular updates for our other staff too.

We provide study dates, courses and individual tuition sessions for staff across UHS, to improve their skills in looking after very ill patients. We work to make sure that all staff across the Trust can spot and react to a deteriorating patient early. This makes it more likely that the patient will make a good recovery, and help them avoid needing emergency or intensive treatment.