Paediatric critical care unit
The Paediatric Critical Care Unit at the Nottingham Children's Hospital within Nottingham University Hospitals provides a regional service for the north of the East Midlands. The unit integrates paediatric intensive care (ICU) and paediatric high dependency (HDU).
A large proportion of our admissions to critical care are from the Emergency Department but we also admit patients from wards at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, from theatres and from other hospitals both within and also outside the region.
We specialise in major trauma, neurosurgical care, renal patients, spinal surgery, and oncology (cancer) care. Many of our patients are admitted as emergency, unplanned admissions, but we also admit patients after planned surgery.
There is a playroom on the unit to entertain children during their stay. For those children unable to get to the playroom, we encourage play and development at the bedside, such as arts and crafts or electronic entertainment.
The hospital provides overnight accommodation with washing facilities close to the unit for parents. Due to the children’s care needs, parents are not able to sleep at children’s bedsides. Parents’ rooms will be arranged by the Family Liaison Team or nursing staff upon arrival in the unit.
Food and drink
There are kitchen facilities on the unit for parents to make hot drinks.
A canteen is available on D Floor from 7.30 to 2.30pm Monday to Friday. A smaller cafe (Fontanella) is available at the main entrance of the hospital from 8am to 11.30pm seven days a week.
Parents with children on the unit will receive a voucher for a small discount from some food outlets. Mothers of children under one year old are entitled to food from the patients' menu. We also have a range of takeaway menus for those wishing to order food in.
Car parking vouchers are available for parents at a discounted rate. Please ask at reception upon your arrival for more information. If your child is being brought from a surrounding hospital, you will be given a parking pass for the first night.