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Critical Care

ITUCritical Care may be broadly defined as a service for patients who have potentially recoverable conditions who can benefit from more detailed observation and invasive treatment than can be provided safely in an ordinary ward. It is usually reserved for patients with threatened or established organ failure often arising as a result or complication of an acute illness or trauma or as a predictable phase in a planned treatment programme such as major surgery. Critical Care represents the highest level of continuing patient care and treatment.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital