Paediatric intensive care
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) looks after children who require:
- organ support
- higher levels of monitoring
- continuous observation
Around half of all patients admitted to PICU will need help with their breathing. There are higher levels of staffing than on any other ward.
We are the only paediatric intensive care unit in Northern Ireland. We look after patients from all paediatric medical and surgical specialities across the region.
A wide range of healthcare professionals look after patients in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, including:
- medical technicians
Patients may be admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit either as an emergency or as part of a planned event. It often happens after an operation.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit is located in the Children’s Hospital on the Royal Hospitals site.