Intensive Care Unit
Our Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a 23 bed unit and a designated Lead Centre. We care for children (up to 16 years old) from all specialties including cardiac surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, burns, trauma infections, shock and oncology. The unit accepts over 1000 admissions per year and is one of the largest PICUs in Europe.
Our unit is modern and provides all forms of therapy including haemofiltration, Nitric Oxide, High Frequency Oscillation and cardiac ECMO providing care for level 4 intensive care children. The unit is bright and child friendly and predominantly open plan with 8 cubicles for isolation. Since November 2010 the North West & North Wales Paediatric Transport Service (NWTS) undertakes the stabilisation & transfer of almost all critically ill and injured children to our PICU from district general hospitals. Many of our nurses and doctors on PICU are part of NWTS.
Parents and Carers
If you are a parent of a child on PICU and would like to know more information about the ward please read our Parent and Carers Information booklet (available soon) .
The Team on PICU
There are over 160 nurses on the PICU including a nurse manager, a nurse consultant, three advanced nurse practitioners, a senior nursing research fellow, a clinical educator, an audit nurse and a lecturer-practitioner who runs the specialist PICU course.
Other members of the team include 10 consultant intensivists, 2 specialist physiotherapists, a specialist dietician, a PICU pharmacist, a play therapist, social workers, chaplains, clerical and domestic staff and a team of rotational training doctors in PICU and anaesthesia.
We also provide placements for nursing students, medical students and other health care students.
Nursing on PICU
The nurse to patient ratio on PICU is mainly 1:1, but can be 2:1 in very ill children.
Our nursing philosophy in PICU is one strongly centred on providing family-centred care at all times, and delivering the highest possible level of care to our patients and their families. We believe that an environment which is supportive and encourages education and research is essential in order to support professional and personal growth and provide these children with best care underpinned by evidence. We recognise that the speed of a child’s recovery is dependant on the presence of his/her family and so we welcome family and friends to visit and participate in the child’s care. We also strive to keep parents continually informed about their child’s condition, so building a supportive relationship of trust, honesty and respect, while maintaining confidentiality and dignity.
We also value each other and encourage nurses to speak freely, acting as the child’s advocate when his or her parents are not able to do so, so promoting and safeguarding the well being of our patients.
Dr Stephen Kerr (Clinical Director) [Stephen.Kerr@alderhey.nhs.uk]
– Dr Dorothea Sidaras [email@example.com] on 0151 252 5555.