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Intensive Care Unit

Critical Care

The Intensive Care Unit is a specialist clinical area, dedicated to the highest quality care of both surgical and medical patients admitted to the PGH.  This nine-bed unit is a state of the art facility which is able to provide comprehensive care to patients with multi-organ failure and has expertise in advanced cardio-respiratory and renal management.

The unit provides the following:

  • Facilities for relatives, including
    • A private waiting area
    • Extensive menu, catering for all special dietary requirements
  • State-of-the-art bedside equipment which includes:
    • The latest intensive care ventilators and airway management adjuncts
    • Haemodynamic monitoring, including Doppler and LiDCO
    • Haemofiltration facilities
    • Dedicated Thromboelastography (TEG), which is used to test the efficiency of the blood's clotting process 

Led by two dedicated and experienced Critical Care consultants the medical team consists of six additional consultants providing 24-hour cover and supervision of a rota of resident senior critical care fellows.

A team of specialist intensive care nurses provide 1:1 patient care and are supported by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals delivering some of the most complex and effective medical interventions designed to get patients back on their feet.

Intensive Care Manager: Phil Martin

Tel: 020 7908 2422

After qualifying as nurse in 1994, Phil went on to specialise in intensive care nursing in 1997. He has held several NHS posts within this field, including Charge Nurse, Practice Development Nurse and Intensive Care Manager.

Phil joined the team at The Princess Grace Hospital in 2008 with the task of commissioning and managing the new intensive care services. 

Co-director: David Walker

David is a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at University College London Hospitals and Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL. He was an undergraduate in Southampton and trained in Medicine and Anaesthesia in the Wessex Deanery, Oxford and London. He undertook a clinical fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada, before completing a period of research and higher Intensive Care training at University College London. His professional interests include, medical education and perioperative medicine and he currently leads the development of the UCL Masters programme in Perioperative Medicine.  David leads a number of projects aiming to deliver the highest standard of care for surgical patients and is part of a Royal College of Anaesthetists working group helping define the future of perioperative care in the UK.

Co-Director: David Howell

Dr David Howell studied medicine at University College London, and completed specialist training in General Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care in London. He was previously a Medical Research Council Research Fellow at the Centre for Respiratory Research (CRR) at University College London and was awarded a PhD for his work on the role of coagulation proteases in the pathogenesis of inflammatory and fibrotic lung disease. He continues to have an active role in research projects and clinical trials. He works predominantly as a Consultant in Critical Care and Acute Medicine and was previously the Clinical lead of the Acute Medicine Unit (AMU) at UCLH.

This major investment into a new ICU at The Princess Grace Hospital outlines HCA’s continued support for acute care. Other developments within the group mean that soon one in eight beds within HCA’s London Hospitals will be a critical care bed.

Website: www.criticalcarelondon.co.uk/

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