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Critical Care Unit

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The Critical Care Unit is a specialised hospital department that provides treatment and care for people who are very ill.

The department provides two levels of care for patients - 'High Dependency' and 'Intensive Care'.

There is a large team of specially-trained healthcare professionals that deliver critical care treatment and care to patients to support them through their critical illness.


When critical care is needed

Patients may require admission to critical care if they become seriously ill, or to help them recover after major surgery.

In the Critical Care Unit, patients are closely monitored.  Their breathing may require support with oxygen or from a ventilator.  Their circulation and kidney function may require support with medications and kidney machines.


What care involves

Patients on the Critical Care Unit are looked after by a team of staff; there is usually one nurse for every one or two patients, depending on how poorly a patient is.

Patients on the Critical Care Unit are often attached to different pieces of equipment via differing tubes, lines and cables.  You may hear many unfamiliar sounds such as alarms and bleeps from the equipment.  These help us to monitor a patient’s condition and respond appropriately.  We are happy to explain these to you.


Visiting critical care

Being a patient in critical care is very different to being on a ward.  Patients can be extremely tired and may require sedation and pain relief medication.

For more information on visiting critical care with a short video of how the unit looks go to: Visiting Critical Care


Meet the team

We have a large team of staff who work in Critical Care Unit and you will see lots of different health professionals during your visit.

The team of doctors is led by:

Clinical lead for York and Scarborough
Dr Joe Carter
joseph.carter@york.nhs.uk

Our large team of nursing staff is led by:

York Hospital
Lead Sister, Elaine Hunter
elaine.hunter@york.nhs.uk

Scarborough Hospital
Senior Sister, Joanne Brooks
joanne.brooks@york.nhs.uk

Visiting hours
13.00-20.00pm

Contact
York Hospital
01904 726040

Scarborough Hospital
01723 342141


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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP


Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.


Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.