Critical Care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The critical care unit is designed and equipped to provide care to seriously ill patients who need specialist monitoring and treatment.

The dedicated and highly trained multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists and dieticians work closely to ensure patients receive the highest standard of treatment and individulaised care.


The Critical Care Unit is situated on the first floor of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  It is a self- contained Unit made up of 3 areas – A, B & C.  

Contact details

T: 020 8836 4187/4188

What conditions does the department treat?

Patients are admitted to the Critical Care Unit from a number of sources including the emergency department, the operating theatre or hospital ward.  They come with a range of conditions including sepsis, acute kidney injury, cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.  

What services do we provide?

The unit provides a range of services including mechanical ventilation, cardiac monitoring, including cardiac output monitoring. Patients who are mechanically ventilated are also given a patient diary which charts their stay in critical care.  Once they are discharged from hospital the patient is invited back to attend an appointment at the critical care follow up clinic which enables them to look back over this diary and talk about any psychological or physical issues they have since their stay in critical care.

Who are the services for?

The Critical Care Unit is for adults of any age who need management for a critical illness.

How can I refer to the service?

Referrals to critical care are made from the critical care outreach team or medical staff within the hospital,  or via the Emergency Bed Service (EBS).

What else do I need to know?

  • Visiting times for the Critical Care Unit are 12.00 – 17.00 and 18.00 – 19.30.  If you need to visit outside of these times this can be arranged with the nurse in charge
  • There are only two visitors allowed to the bedside at any one time
  • Please do not bring live flowers to the Unit as these are not allowed for infection prevention reasons
  • Mobile phones may be used in the visitors’ areas but these must be switched off before visiting patients on the Unit