Intensive Care Unit 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Services are being continually re-assessed and amended.

Please see Patients and visitors: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and be aware of the latest Visitor guidance shown there.

The Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit (ICU/HDU) is a critical care area where we care for a wide range of sick patients who require organ support and close monitoring.

Please see What to expect.


Great Western Hospital - first floor (please see Floor plans).


Visiting hours are normally flexible for family and close friends.

For safety reasons, we usually restrict the number of visitors at a patient's bedside to a maximum of two at a time. 

We have a daily quiet period for part of the afternoon (2.00pm-4.00pm) to allow patients to rest.

The best time for routine visiting is often late afternoon or early evening.

The unit is particularly busy during the morning due to patients being reviewed by the medical team, receiving physiotherapy, and receiving nursing care, such as a bed bath.

During this time you may find that you are asked to wait in the visitors' room for prolonged periods to enable our patients to receive this essential care.

Too many visitors can be very tiring for patients and therefore we ask that visitors discuss visiting hours with the nurse looking after each individual patient.


Intensive Care Unit

Tel: 01793 604522 or 01793 604521

High Dependency Unit

Tel: 01793 604527

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