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Neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU)

Our neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU) provides specialised intensive care for patients who have a severe illness or injury affecting their brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves.

We are a regional unit, covering a population of approximately three million people across Hampshire, parts of West Sussex, Wiltshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, as well as the Channel Islands. You may also be admitted to the unit from further away for specialised care if it isn't available in your area.

On the unit you'll be under the care of a consultant neurosurgeon or a consultant neurologist. During your stay, a consultant intensivist will oversee your care on a day-to-day basis.

We are proud of our excellent, highly-trained, multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, critical care technicians, physiotherapists, administrative and domestic staff who work together to ensure you receive a high level of personalised care.

Our facilities

The neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU) was purpose built in 2000 and is bright and airy with plenty of natural light. NICU has a flexible configuration that allows beds to be used in the most efficient manner to meet the patient’s level of care.

Each bed space is equipped with monitoring and life support devices such as ventilators. In addition, the unit has specialised equipment such as:

  • cooling machines
  • specialist spinal beds
  • cardiac output monitors
  • electroencephalogram (EEG) monitors
  • plasma exchange equipment
  • specialist radiology equipment, including an angio suit

NICU has access to an ambulance that is used to repatriate patients from both NICU and the Wessex Neurological Centre. This ensures patients are able to be transferred back to their local hospital when they no longer need our specialist care. The ambulance was purchased with funds raised by the Smile4Rich charity that supports the Wessex Neurological Centre.

The hospital has a limited amount of accommodation for relatives at Mellor House, although individuals will be asked to self fund for this service. If needed the unit has a list of local bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation available in and around Southampton.

Contact us

Neurosciences intensive care unit
Wessex Neurosciences Centre
Southampton General Hospital
Tremona Road
SO16 6YD

Telephone: 023 8120 6401 or 023 8120 6978

Neurosciences intensive care unit (NICU)