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What the service does

Most critical care is provided in an intensive care unit (ICU) or trauma centre. An intensive care unit is a special department of a hospital or healthcare facility that provides intensive and constant care for seriously ill patients. This includes:

  • cardiac care
  • neurological care
  • care for patients with traumatic injuries

An intensive care unit may also be known as one of the following:

  • intensive therapy unit
  • intensive treatment unit
  • critical care unit (CCU)

We have the following adult critical care beds across the Trust:

  • 27 in the Regional Intensive Care Unit (RICU) in the Royal Victoria Hospital
  • 21 in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU) in the Royal Victoria Hospital
  • 9 in Belfast City Hospital CCU
  • 6 in the Mater Hospital CCU

There is also a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) in the Children’s Hospital.


  • Regional Intensive Care Unit

    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.

  • Belfast City Hospital Critical Care Unit

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

    • upper and lower gastrointestinal
    • urology
    • oncology
    • renal
    • gynaecological
  • Mater Hospital Critical Care Unit

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

    • hepatobiliary
    • general surgery
    • emergency care

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Visiting hours

The following visiting hours apply:

Regional Intensive Care Unit
  • 3pm to 4.30pm
  • 6pm to 8pm
  • Open visiting is possible depending on the patient’s condition.
Belfast City Hospital Critical Care Unit
  • 2pm to 8pm
Mater Hospital Critical Care Unit
  • 2.30pm to 5pm
  • 6pm to 7pm

Locations where this service is delivered