Critical Care

A Critical Care Unit also known as Intensive care is a specialised area in the hospital that manages patients who are critically ill or those requiring closer monitoring than is available on a general ward.

Around 2000 patients in Belfast Trust are admitted to one of our critical care units each year. Patients admitted to critical care often require support for one or more of their vital organs such as their lungs, heart or kidneys.

Patients may also be admitted to intensive care if they require close monitoring, such as after major surgery.

Your stay in Critical Care Information for families
Recovery after critical care Help and support

Our goal is to provide the best possible care and support for our patients and their families.

In intensive care you will be looked after by a team of experienced health care professionals in one of our Critical Care Units.

Click on the heading below to find out more about what’s available in each area.

  • Belfast City Hospital ICU
  • Cardiac Surgical ICU
  • Mater Hospital ICU
  • Regional Intensive Care Unit RICU

  • Belfast City Hospital ICU

    Belfast City Hospital Critical Care Unit provides the following specialist care for patients:

    • upper and lower gastrointestinal
    • urology
    • oncology
    • renal
    • Gynaecological
  • Mater Hospital ICU

    The Mater Hospital Critical Care Unit provides the following specialist care for patients:

    • hepatobiliary
    • general surgery
    • emergency care
  • Regional Intensive Care Unit RICU

    The Regional Intensive Care Unit provides the following specialist care for patients:

    • vascular
    • thoracic
    • major trauma
    • neurosurgery
    • ear, nose and throat (ENT)
    • respiratory
    • spinal
    • trauma/orthopaedics

    RICU is also a major critical care research base. Investigators in RICU are either leading or closely involved in many national critical care studies.


Locations where this service is delivered