Intensive care


Intensive care at the Royal Free Hospital

The ICU (intensive care unit) at the Royal Free Hospital comprises 34 intensive care beds. Over 1,500 patients are admitted to ICU each year. The ICU beds are located in the three intensive therapy wards situated on the 4th floor of the hospital. The newly opened ICU 4 is comprised of three wings: south, east and west. The departmental offices are located on the 4th floor behind ICU 4 West. These can be accessed from the ground floor via the lift near the heart attack centre and radiotherapy.

The Royal Free Hospital is a major tertiary referral centre for medical and surgical specialties. The critical care directorate provides services to support all our in-patient specialities including hepatobiliary surgery, hepatology, complex vascular surgery, infectious diseases and haematology. The Royal Free Hospital has an active organ transplant programme and the department of intensive care medicine cares for more than 70 liver transplant recipients each year. 

Each intensive care unit has 24-hour consultant cover by a specialist in intensive care medicine and all care is consultant led. Each consultant is supported by a team of junior grade doctors who are at different stages of their training. A senior nurse leads each shift on each unit. 

We have strict infection control policies and our unit infection acquisition rates are low. All visitors, whether clinical or non-clinical, will adhere to the widely publicised guidance.


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  • Barnet Hospital

    Intensive care unit
    Barnet Hospital
    Wellhouse Lane
    EN5 3DJ


    Intensive care unit/high dependency unit north
    020 8216 5298 or 020 8216 5299


    Intensive care unit/high dependency unit south
    020 8216 4120, 020 8216 4115, 020 8216 6030 or 020 8216 6027

  • Royal Free Hospital

    Intensive care unit
    Royal Free Hospital
    Pond Street
    NW3 2QG


    ITU 4 East
    020 7830 2341 or 020 7794 0500 x 24545


    ITU 4 South
    020 7830 2716 or 020 7794 0500 x 24545


    ITU 4 West
    020 7317 7753 or 020 7794 0500 x 24545

  • Chase Farm Hospital

    High dependency unit
    Chase Farm Hospital
    The Ridgeway
    EN2 8JL

    020 8375 1955
    020 8375 1205


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