Donations to the Critical Care Fund help ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.

The Fund supports the work of a range of services at the Royal United Hospital. These include:

  • Intensive Therapy Unit
  • The Accident and emergency department

Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)

The unit has eleven beds, comprising of 7 ITU and 4 HDU, which are used flexibly (This includes three side rooms). The unit treats approximately 600 of sickest patients in the hospital a year.

Accident and Emergency

There is a large resuscitation area with fully equipped bays for 4 patients including a dedicated paediatric resuscitation area including equipment for newborn resuscitation, all areas have an overhead gantry for portable emergency xrays.

Ambulances attend via the dedicated ambulance entrance and are met on arrival by the nursing co-ordinator before being allocated to an appropriate clinical area. The nursing and doctor workstations are in the centre of the department to improve observation and patient care.

The department has a separate high care area with 6 monitored beds for the care of more unwell patients or those requiring continuous cardiac monitoring. Our majors treatment area has a further 18 cubicles including a private examination room and an isolation cubicle.

Adjacent to the majors/high care area is our minors treatment area, this has a mixture of seated and trolley assessment areas, with separate assessment areas, treatment and procedure rooms and a dedicated plaster room and eye injury assessment room.

We also have an allocated paediatric assessment area, with its own separate waiting area including play/change facilities and separate assessment cubicles.
The emergency department has its own dedicated Xray department providing 24hour digital Xray facilities.

As part of our department there is a separate A&E observation ward, this an 8 bedded area where we provide care for patients who require an extended period of observation but are likely to be discharged home, for example those with head injuries, thereby reducing the number of unnecessary hospital admissions.

For further information about the Cardiac Care Fund and our current priorities please get in touch