General intensive care unit (GICU)
The general intensive care unit (ICU) is there to look after people who are seriously ill.
It normally takes patients who have just come out from the operating theatre, or people who have been admitted as emergency cases.
The 21-bed unit at Southampton General Hospital looks after around 1,800 people every year, and delivers excellent results.
Patients have one-to-one or one-to-two care from a nurse, and the unit prides itself on its highly trained multi-disciplinary team. Physiotherapists, dietitians, consultants, nurses and administrative staff all work together to deliver a high level of care to patients.
The aim is to get patients well and stable enough so they can be moved to a less intensive care environment, such as a high dependency unit or a hospital ward.