Intensive care units (ICUs) are specialist hospital wards. They provide intensive care (treatment and monitoring) for people in a critically ill or unstable condition.
ICUs are also sometimes known as critical care units or intensive therapy departments.
A person in an ICU needs constant medical attention and support to keep their body functioning. They may be unable to breathe on their own and have multiple organ failure. Medical equipment will take the place of these functions while the person recovers.
Intensive care units are provided at York and Scarborough Hospitals where patients can receive specialist care.
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is registered, and therefore licensed to provide services, by the Care Quality Commission (Provider ID: 1-114394658). For more information, visit www.cqc.org.uk
While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.
These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.
Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do. We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here. Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.