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Prince of Wales Hospital

Prince of Wales Hospital
Adult Intensive Care Unit Level 1,
Dickinson Building
Barker Street
New South Wales. 2031
(02) 9382 2222
Type of Unit


POW Hospital

Unit Services

The Prince of Wales Hospital has a 16-bed adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) made up of 12 intensive care and 4 high dependency beds. The unit provides specialised care to patients with many different surgical, medical or respiratory (breathing) problems, as well as patients with neurological (brain and spinal cord) problems, and trauma patients with major injuries, by providing all types of monitoring, specialised procedures and treatment.

Because our ICU specialises in the care of patients with spinal injuries, as well as Hyperbaric Management (high pressure oxygenation), patients are often transferred from another hospital to our ICU for their care and treatment.

There is a helipad adjacent to the unit, which enables us to receive patients from all over the state. The patients in the unit have various tubes or drips inserted for monitoring purposes. The monitors show us the patient’s heart rate and their blood pressure. We also have machines (called ventilators) that assist the patient with their breathing. Not all patients who come to our unit need a ventilator to help them breathe. Some patients may need other specialised equipment, such as dialysis (kidney machine).

Unit Staff

Intensive Care Staff Specialists provide the senior medical cover in the unit. One of them is present in the unit daily. When not in the unit, they can be reached by telephone. We also have ICU Registrars and Resident Medical Officers who are rostered to work in the unit, ensuring a doctor’s presence 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Specialist doctors from other departments also come to the ICU to help treat the patients.

There is a senior nurse in charge of the ICU every shift. If a patient needs help with their breathing (on a ventilator) one nurse will be looking after the patient each shift. If a patient can breathe without the help of a ventilator, one nurse may be taking care of two (2) patients during the shift.

Our unit also has the help of Allied Health Professionals such as physiotherapist, pharmacist and dietician through the day. A social worker is also available, who can assist with issues such as accommodation problems and support services. Ministers of most religious denominations are also available to help in this difficult time.

Visitor Services

  • Expectations of Visitors
  • Visiting Hours
  • Mobile Phones
  • Waiting room
  • Flowers
  • Visitor Accommodation
  • Support services (eg social worker/Pastoral Care)
  • Hospital shop/Canteen
  • ATM
  • Phones
  • Parking
  • Hospital Patient Liaison
  • Finding the ICU

Other Hospital Services

Our hospital also has a separate Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (for patients after their heart and/or lung surgery) and a Coronary Care Unit (for patients with non-surgical heart problems).

How To Get To Prince of Wales Hospital

A map of the hospitals's location is below. A more detailed map can be found at the Whereis Online WebSite.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:06