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.
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
Mater Hospital ICU
The Mater Hospital Critical Care Unit provides the following specialist care for patients:
- general surgery
- emergency care
Regional Intensive Care Unit RICU
The Regional Intensive Care Unit provides the following specialist care for patients:
- major trauma
- ear, nose and throat (ENT)
RICU is also a major critical care research base. Investigators in RICU are either leading or closely involved in many national critical care studies.