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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.

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital