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Critical Care (Intensive Care)


Critical Care facilities at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are located at Leighton Hospital.


Critical Care facilities at Leighton Hospital comprise of 14 bed bays in a specifically-designed unit which opened in March 2014. Two of these bays are dedicated isolation rooms to further improve infection prevention and control.


Critical Care provides highly specialist, intensive clinical support and high dependency care for adults, and we care for patients with a full range of conditions from those admitted to hospital by paramedic ambulance to those with a serious illness or needing major surgery.

Intensive Care here at Leighton has 24-hour Anaesthetist/Intensivist Consultant cover, our qualified Nursing staff have extended competencies in Critical Care Nursing and the majority have completed post basic training in adult Critical Care.

The nursing ratio within Critical Care is much higher than other clinical areas within a hospital.  A senior Nurse leads each shift.

All Critical Care areas operate 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.  We can respond to emergencies whenever they occur, we provide:

  • Specialist monitoring equipment

  • A high degree of medical expertise

  • Constant access to highly trained nurses

The highly specialised treatments we provide supports our patients complex needs, this may include assisted ventilation with life support machines and technology, utilising specialist equipment to take over or support the function of the kidney and the use of devices to support essential drugs and treatments to support the heart and circulation  and other systems and organ failure.

Being in a Critical Care environment can be a daunting experience, not only for the patient but also their family, friends and loved ones, the staff on the Critical Care Unit understand this and they are there to help the patient as well as offering support to their families.

The Critical Care Unit at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a member of the Cheshire and Mersey Critical Care Network which is committed to sharing and promoting best practice and outcomes for the critically ill patient.


Sian Axon, Clinical Service Manager

Telephone: 01270 612500

Email: Sian.Axon@mcht.nhs.uk



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