Skip to content

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more here. Hide this message

Our services

Critical Care Unit

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
Steve Wasawo
s.wasawo@nhs.net

Our large team of nursing staff is led by:

York Hospital
Lead Nurse, Elaine Hunter
elaine.hunter12@nhs.net

Scarborough Hospital
Senior Sister, Cath Carter
cath.carter@york.nhs.uk


Knitted hearts for our intensive care units (ICU)

Our ICU teams are asking keen knitters to create pairs of hearts that help families stay connected to their loved ones being cared for in our hospitals.

One heart in the pair is taken home by the family and the other is placed in the hand of the patient, creating a tangible link from home to hospital. They're especially helpful for children missing a loved one.

If you're talented with a pair of knitting needles and can help us out, please send hearts directly to our ICUs in York or Scarborough hospitals.

Access guide

Scarborough Hospital

ACCESSABLE Logo small

Visiting hours
2:00pm - 8:00pm

Contact
York Hospital
01904 726040

Scarborough Hospital
01723 342141


Internal hospital signage with arrows to Main Reception, Outpatients and Pharmacy

A-Z of Services

Chinese Poland

View all languages >

Norovirus is highly infectious and can spread easily

Please do not visit our hospitals if you or a member of your household has had nausea, diarrhoea, or vomiting within the last 48 hours. This is to prevent the spread of norovirus in our hospitals.

See more information on norovirus.