Multidisciplinary support for intensive care

Patients in need of critical care are usually either admitted to the hospital, then treated intensively by the unit as part of their inpatient care or they have been transferred directly to the unit from an overseas hospital. The unit also accepts transfers from other NHS hospitals.

In all cases of intensive care admission a thorough medical report will need to be obtained from the referring hospital source and reviewed by an onsite hospital intensivist.

On arrival the patient is immediately assessed and admitted to one of our intensive care beds under the care of the Intensive Care Unit consultant.

Intensive care nurses also provide an outreach service in the hospital to identify patients on the wards who are at risk of becoming critically ill. This ensures early intervention or transfer to a critical care area if needed.

The hospital works with physicians and surgeons representing all major disciplines including neurology, intracranial surgery, haematology, and cardiology. The use our consulting rooms and theatres daily and are all readily available to offer specialist technical advice to the intensive care team should the need arise.

Our critical care team have access to one of the largest diagnostic and imaging units in the UK private healthcare sector.

A full range of imaging technology is available including the latest low dose PET CT, a 64 slice dual range CT scanner and two MRI scanners as well as the full range of X-Ray and ultrasound facilities.

The unit also has a specialist vascular laboratory where urgent procedures are carried out under fluoroscopy.

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Pharmacists experienced in critical care can be called upon 24 hours a day. There is round-the-clock theatre and catheter laboratory availability and a rota of on-call medical and surgical consultants should emergency intervention be needed 

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As part of the HCA Healthcare Group, The Wellington Hospital and its London sister hospitals have access to HCA Laboratories, one the capital’s largest medical laboratories. Test results are sent directly to nurses stations and consultants’ computers to assist diagnosis and treatment.