Liverpool NSW 2170
|61 2 9828 3000
Type of Unit
|ICU / HDU
Liverpool ICU is the lead ICU for South Western Sydney Local Health District and provides intensive care services for > 800,000 residents. The Local Health District also includes the hospitals of Bankstown, Camden, Campelltown (hotlink), Fairfield, and Bowral, and covers an area of 6,237 sq kms.
The new ICU opened in November 2010, is a state of the art 60 bed-space adult facility, and receives C-24 accreditation from the College of Intensive Care Medicine: http://www.cicm.org.au/
The ICU comprises a total of 28 funded beds. We are a tertiary referral hospital. We care for people from our local area, and accept patients from other hospitals in this area health service who need more complex care. We care for critically ill patients with a wide variety of health problems. Patients in the unit may be admitted as a result of major trauma, post surgical (such as cardiac surgery, lung surgery, abdominal surgery or vascular surgery), respiratory problems requiring support with breathing (ventilators), renal problems requiring support (dialysis), and various other clinical conditions that require constant monitoring and high level of medical and nursing care.
The ICU staff provide the Medical Emergency Team service to the hospital. This was first established at the Liverpool Hospital in 1990, and has now been introduced to many hospitals around the world. The ICU team are also members of the Trauma Team, and see more than 200 major trauma admissions to the ICU each year. http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/liverpool/trauma.
The ICU has a major focus on training and research. The ICU is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society clinical Trial Group. http://www.anzics.com.au/clinical-trials-group.
Liverpool Intensive Care Unit (ICU) provides the highest level of intensive care in south western Sydney. As patients recover, and when they no longer require ICU care, they may be transferred to a ward as soon as a bed becomes available. Patients from other hospitals are taken back to their original hospital when they are well enough. This makes it easier for family members and friends to visit them.
The unit is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of 11 Staff specialists, 1 Nurse Manager, 2 Nurse Unit Managers, 1 Clinical Manager, a Clinical Nurse Consultant, a Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Educators, and is supported by 26 medical trainees, in addition to greater than 150 nursing staff, and support staff including ward administrative officers, ward orderlies, and cleaners. Generally one nurse will care for each critically ill patient. Often these patients require close monitoring and support with their breathing, and may be on a ventilator. As patients improve and become more stable, the ratio may change with one nurse caring for two patients.
The unit has the help of Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapists, dietitians and a social worker through the day. There are also speech pathologists, pharmacists and occupational therapists available to assist patients.
On each shift there is a senior nurse in charge of the unit, who manages staffing and patient flow. Clinical nurse educators provide education and assistance to the staff in ICU to enable safe and competent delivery of care. Many of the nurses in our unit have undertaken specialised courses in intensive care nursing and are clinical nurse specialists.
- Expectations of Visitors: We try to limit the number of visitors to 2 at any one given time- this is for patient safety reasons. This is flexible and could vary at the discretion of the ICU team. We request that all visitors adhere to the unit's infection control guidelines. This involves washing hands prior to and after visiting patients. Alcohol hand gels on trolleys located in each unit are available for use. Plastic aprons also need to be worn while visiting patients.
- Visiting Hours: The ICU visiting hours are 8am-9am and 12noon-8pm. We understand that you are concerned about your critically ill relative/friend and are flexible with visiting times in special circumstances.
- Mobile Phones: Mobile phones are to be switched OFF while visiting patients as they can interfere with the functioning of medical equipment used in ICU.
- Waiting rooms: There is a waiting room for visitors located outside ICU. During the visiting hours there is a receptionsit to assist with providing you with information and access into the ICU. At other times you can ring through to the units, namely ICU 1, ICU 2 and ICU 3 and the staff will be able to assist you. The phone numbers are displayed in the waiting room. Phone the unit you require and please wait for a staff member to let you into the unit. You may be asked to wait while the patient receives necessary attention. We apologise for any delay that this may cause.
- Flowers: Due to infection control reasons we do not allow flowers in the unit.
- Visitor Accomodation: There is limited hospital accomodation available for visitors. Should you require to organise this, the phone number and details can be obtained from enquiries or through the hospital switchboard.
- Support Services (eg Social Worker/Pastoral Care): We can organise for you to see a social worker should you have any queries or require support. Pastoral Care and religious support should you desire it, can also be arranged.
- Hospital shop/Canteen: The hospital has a gift shop, cafeteria and coffee shop. They are located close to Entrance A.
- ATM: There is a multicard ATM located on the ground floor of the new building - near Entrance J.
- Phones: Public payphones are located near the Entrance A.
- Parking: There are three car parks available for visitors- P1, P2 and P3. Access to P1 is via Elizabeth Street, access to P2 is via Campbell Street, and access to P3 is via Lachlan Street. Daily parking rates apply.
- Hospital Patient Liason: There is a hospital patient liason officer available should you have any issues that require discussion. Their contact details can be obtained via the hospital switchboard.
- Finding the ICU: The ICU is located on the second floor of the new clinical building and can be accessed via Elevator C & D located next to Entrance J. Take the elevator to the second floor and follow the signs pointing to ICU.
Other Hospital Services
Our hospital also has a Coronary Care Unit (for patients with heart problems) and a Dialysis Unit (for patients with kidney problems).
Liverpool ICU is a dynamic unit. It values every team member and their involvement in providing expert care for our patients.
The ICU has a major focus on training and research: the ICU is a member of the australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trial Group (http://www.anzics.com.au/clinical-trials-group).
We are engaged in research both within the unit and with other hospitals and universities. This helps to ensure our health care is up to date, and the best that science can provide.
There is a strong commitment to care for our patients, their families and carers. We value our multicultural environment and diversity.
How To Get To Liverpool Hospital
A map of the hospitals's location is below. A more detailed map can be found at the Whereis Online WebSite.