Critical care


We provide critical care services at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals, and treat approximately 1,640 critically ill patients each year through our critical care services. Our dedicated critical care team includes medical staff, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists and dietitians, who provide care for patients affected by a range of serious health conditions.

Conditions and treatments

Critical care patients require constant medical attention and support to keep their bodies functioning. For many of our patients, medical equipment is used to help them to continue to breathe and to keep their organs functioning while they recover.

Additional information

Education and elective placements

The intensive care department utilises a multidisciplinary team approach to support you in your development. All staff will be supported by our team of clinical educators, who will work with you when you are new in post. Our clinical education team will help you identify a development programme specifically tailored to meet your needs. If you are new to intensive care, you will be able to undertake our Foundation to Critical Care Programme (an eight-week course with full study leave), to introduce the basics of critical care in a group learning environment. A variety of other training approaches are utilised as you advance in your career including 1:1 coaching, career planning and neuro and critical care courses, all of which are supported with study leave. We also offer excellent training facilities within the Trust, with an on-site seminar room, regular in-house training programme, an education centre and leadership development centre.

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Critical care

I will never forget the amazing teams that were part of my life for several months. From the team and specialists in the critical care unit, to the wonderful nurses and physiotherapists in rehabilitation, to the catering staff and cleaners. I truly believe my quicker recovery was helped by the attitudes of all who were involved in my case.


I cannot thank the staff on this ward enough. I have been visiting a family member for a week now and the staff have been very welcoming and amazing at explaining what they have been doing throughout the day. They are happy to answer any questions and genuinely seem like lovely people.

Charing Cross critical care team

I spent six days in the intensive care unit at Hammersmith Hospital. Throughout that period I was treated with the utmost respect by a team of professional and highly-skilled people. At all times I felt confident that I was in safe hands. But more important was the kindness on offer.

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