Patient information

The intensive care units at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s hospitals each have different specialties, but all units offer continuous consultant cover and have dedicated research departments. Charing Cross and St Mary’s hospitals also have patient user groups whereby patients and their relatives are invited back to discuss their experience of the service.

Charing Cross Hospital

Our intensive care unit at Charing Cross Hospital provides 24 beds. The beds are mixed level 2 (high dependency) and level 3 (intensive care). The unit provides a service for critically ill individuals from the surrounding community, but patients are also referred from further afield for specialised care. Specialties include major head and neck reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery, urology, complex ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery, neurosurgery and neurology.

Hammersmith Hospital

The intensive care unit at Hammersmith Hospital consists of 16 beds. Beds are mixed level 2 (high dependency) and level 3 (intensive care). Patients are admitted as emergencies or as part of specialised complex planned procedures performed by the regional or national units based within the hospital. Specialties include cardiothoracic, interventional cardiology, major endocrine and hepatobiliary surgery and major surgery for gynaecological cancer.

St Mary’s Hospital

The intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital comprises 32 beds, which are mixed level 2 (high dependency) and level 3 (intensive care). Patients are admitted as emergencies or as part of planned procedures in one of the specialties within the hospital. St Mary’s Hospital is one of four major trauma units in London. Other specialties include vascular and upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery. We also have a paediatric intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital specifically for the treatment of critically ill children.

Visiting our intensive care units

There are special rules and considerations for visiting our intensive care units to ensure patients are able to rest and recover, to prevent the risk of infection, and to help our team provide specialised treatment and care. Please contact each unit before your visit for more information.