About the Unit Print

ICU-bay-pic_lowAbout the Unit

The Critical Care unit is the largest in the South West with 26 beds and is divided into two wards: Pencarrow ward which is the Neurological Intensive Care Unit and Penrose ward which is the General Intensive Care Unit. The unit moved into brand new state of the art premises in September 2008.

The Critical Care unit provides intensive care for patients from both the Plymouth locality and also from throughout Devon and Cornwall as the regional Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

Patients may require admission with a wide range of conditions including pneumonia, septic shock, heart failure and after severe trauma. Patients may also be admitted after major surgery. The unit is also the regional Neurological intensive care unit serving Devon and Cornwall and admits more than 300 patients each year with life threatening brain injury following head injury or brain haemorrhage.

The unit is staffed by a dedicated team including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, support staff and technicians.

New Unit Opens 2008

All patients are under the care of an Intensive Care Consultant who reviews each patient at least two times per day and leads the team caring for the patient.