Visiting on ICU
12.00pm (midday) - 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Please report to the reception desk at the visitor entrance to Intensive Care. The desk is manned from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm. Outside of these hours please use the entryphone system for the appropriate ward.
Critically ill patients are especially vulnerable to catching infections. Please remember to use alcohol gel on your hands when entering or leaving the Unit, to assist with infection control. The gel is available at the entrance to both areas.
Visiting patients on Intensive Care is important for both relatives and patients.
We recommend the following when planning to visit a relative on ICU:
- Visitors should be immediate family or very close friends
- Keep visits short to prevent patients or visitors from becoming exhausted
- Only two visitors at the bedside at any one time due to space restrictions
- Children are welcome to visit, though please consider the potential to cause them distress and upset, as the unit is a busy and overwhelming place
- It may be necessary to interrupt your visit and ask you to leave your relative’s bedside temporarily while we carry out personal care, position changes or attend to other clinical needs
- Visiting is not permitted during medical ward rounds in order to maintain patient confidentiality
- Please switch mobile phones off before entering the unit
Communication with the ICU Medical Team
Keeping relatives up to date with events is very important to us, however sometimes we may be busy delivering clinical care elsewhere on the unit. Please let the nurse at the bedside know if you wish to speak with a doctor and we will try to talk to you as soon as we can.