The critical care unit provides care for the most seriously ill patients at North Devon District Hospital. The unit is staffed by a specialist team of consultants, anaesthetists and nursing staff who work with other teams to provide a Devon wide network of critical care services.
What services are provided?
The unit is able to provide facilities for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of multiple organ dysfunction. This includes advanced forms of respiratory support, cardiac support and haemofiltration. The unit is able to accommodate 6 patients who have been assessed as requiring intensive care (requiring the highest level of technical and nursing care) or high dependency (requiring a higher level of technical and nursing care than can be provided on a general ward). Once a patient’s condition improves and they are no longer classified as requiring intensive or high dependency care; they are moved onto a normal ward.
Children requiring intensive care may be cared for on this unit or may be cared for in the children’s high dependency unit. Babies are cared for on the special care baby unit – see here