|The Sutherland Hospital
430 The Kingsway
|(02) 9540 7111
Type of Unit
|ICU / HDU
Here at The Sutherland Hospital we have a combined adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and High Dependency Unit (HDU) referred to as "Critical Care Medicine", and located on the 3rd floor. The unit has seven (7) ventilated beds and six (6) non ventilated beds.
The unit provides specialised care to patients with many different surgical, medical or respiratory (breathing) problems by providing all types of monitoring, specialised procedures and treatment. 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).If the patient does not improve or needs the support of other specialised equipment or procedures, the patient may need to be transferred to another intensive care unit that provides these specialised services.
Patients who require specialised care – e.g. burns, major trauma, neurosurgery (brain) or cardiac (heart) surgery will be transferred as soon as possible to a specialised intensive care unit at another hospital. Children (16 years or younger) who need intensive care services also need special care and they too will be transferred to a specialised intensive care unit at another hospital.
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 unit every shift. If a patient needs help with their breathing (on a ventilator) one nurse will look after that 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 a physiotherapist, pharmacist and dietician through the day.
A social worker is also available, who can assist with issues such as accommodation problems or support services. Ministers of most religious denominations are also available to help at this difficult time.Our hospital also has a Coronary Care Unit (for patients with non-surgical heart problems).
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How To Get To The Sutherland Hospital
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