Intensive care

The intensive care facilities across Southampton General Hospital and the Princess Anne Hospital provide a variety of specialist services. These include:  

  • The cardiac intensive care unit, which looks after people who are seriously ill with heart or lung problems.
  • The critical care unit, which provides support for patients whose conditions are potentially life-threatening. 
  • The paediatric intensive care unit (PICU), which provides specialist care to children aged 0-18 years. It is a combined medical and surgical unit specialising in cardiac, neuro-, spinal and neonatal surgery and operates a 24-hour retrieval service.
  • The general intensive care unit (GICU) looks after people who are seriously ill. The unit prides itself on its highly trained multi-disciplinary team. It normally takes patients who have just come out from the operating theatre, or people who have been admitted as emergency cases.
  • The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) based at the Princess Anne Hospital, provides specialist care to sick term and pre-term (premature) newborn babies. The unit is a combined medical and surgical unit, which provides a wide range of paediatric services.
  • The neurosciences intensive care unit provides specialised intensive care services for patients who have severe illnesses affecting their brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves.

For further information regarding intensive care services, including support groups and other professional bodies, please see our links section.