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Where we are

Critical Care is currently situated over two sites within the hospital. 

The main Unit is on Level 1 approximately 50 m west of the main entrance. This is a combined Intensive Care/High Dependency Unit and has 12 beds.
A satellite 4 bedded HDU is situated on Level 2 in Ward 21, Bay 2. Both areas are staffed by the same nurses and doctors.
Construction of a brand new Critical Care Unit is underway. It will be situated at the rear of the hospital close to the current Intensive Care Unit and is scheduled to open in 2016.

Bradford Critical Care Unit works as part of the West Yorkshire Critical Care Network with other Critical Care Units in the county. In some circumstances it may be necessary to transfer patients to one of the other regional units for specialist care (such as some head injuries, spinal injuries or heart attacks) or if local Critical Care beds are over subscribed. Very occasionally it may be necessary to transfer patients to units in other parts of the country for highly specialist care or procedures not available in West Yorkshire.

There are no Critical Care Services at St Luke's Hospital.  

The team

Critical Care is staffed by anaesthetic consultants (anaesthetists) who specialise in Critical Care Medicine. They are supported by other anaesthetic doctors and are available to the Unit 24 hours a day. Ward rounds take place two or three times daily to review each patient.
The nursing staff in the Critical Care Unit are all specially trained to work in this area. There is one nurse in charge on each shift who does does not care directly for any patient but co-ordinates the Unit. Each nurse may be responsible for the care of one or two patients however at times they may be required to assist colleagues. They are supported by health care assistants.
Patients on the Critical Care Unit are also visited on a daily basis by other doctors and surgeons who provide specialty input to patient care. 
The Unit is also supported by many other disciplines within the hospital including pharmacy, physiotherapy, dietetics, radiography and clinical psychology.

Clinical Director Critical Care: Dr Tony Hughes
Matron: Sr Gez Barrett

Feedback, complaints and compliments

We welcome any feedback that patients, relatives or visitors may want to give us.
We can be contacted by phone or by post at the address below.

Should you wish to make a formal complaint or ask for information and advice please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) via the hospital switchboard on 01274 542200 during office hours or at PALS, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford, BD9 6RJ.

Contact us

Telephone numbers
Intensive Care Unit direct line: 01274 364126
High Dependency Unit (Ward 21) direct line: 01274 383252
Bradford Hospitals switchboard: 01274 542200
These lines are open 24 hours a day. 

By post
Intensive Care Unit,
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Duckworth Lane
BD9 6RJ 

Comments, observations or complaints may be sent to the Matron at this address. 
All other mail may be sent to specific individuals at the address above.
Donations may be sent for the attention of Sister Alison Bridle at the address above.
Please be aware that phone enquiries take the nurse away from caring for your relative. Please try to co-ordinate enquiries with other family members to enable the nurse caring for your relative to remain at the bedside.

Visiting Times

Visiting times are as follows:
Intensive Care/High Dependency (Level 1) 1300-1500 and 1700-2000.
High Dependency (Ward 21 Bay 2) 1300-1500 and 1830-1930
Please note that only two visitors are allowed at the bedside at any one time.
In certain circumstances, these visiting restrictions may be relaxed or tightened. Please see the nurse in charge about any changes. Overnight stays are not normally allowed. Again, in extreme circumstances, this may be accommodated. Please talk to the nurse in charge.

There is limited space in the waiting area on the Intensive Care Unit. Please be sensitive to the needs of other families who may also be visiting patients on ICU. 

If you would like to talk to a doctor regarding your relative and the treatment they are receiving, please speak to the nurse at the bedside or the nurse in charge to arrange this. Discussions with doctors can normally be accommodated however there may be a delay until a doctor is available.


Donations are gratefully received by the Critical Care Unit and its staff. Money raised in this manner may go towards the purchase of equipment for the Unit to enhance patient care or may be used to support education and training of Critical Care staff. This enables us to provide care based on up-to-date knowledge and understanding and with the very best equipment available.

Previous donations have also been used to provide an area where relatives of patients may have discussions with medical and nursing staff away from the bedside. This room is also used to provide overnight accommodation when appropriate.

What we do.

Critical Care Services are here to support patients whose needs cannot be met through normal ward-based care. This may include patients admitted to Critical Care directly from the Emergency Department, deteriorating patients on general wards or patients who come to the Critical Care Unit after surgery or other procedure. This may be a part of their planned admission.

Our aim is to support those patients who require help with their airway, breathing or cardiovascular system or their renal function in conjunction with other needs. We also admit patients who may not require intervention but are at high risk of deteriorating and so require close monitoring and observation.

Critical Care also maintains an Outreach Team of senior nurses who support medical and nursing staff on general wards in caring for patients at risk of deterioration. The team also visits all patients on the ward once they are discharged from Critical Care.

For more information about Intensive Care in general, please visit NHS Choices, Intensive Care Society or ICU Steps websites.