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Oxford Critical Care

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Welcome to Oxford Critical Care

This website is for healthcare professionals who have an interest in the Oxford Critical Care department.

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About us

Oxford Critical Care is a tertiary referral centre for critical care, regional vascular and major trauma, and supports one of the largest transplant departments in Europe.

An Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a specially staffed and equipped, separate and self-contained area of a hospital dedicated to the management and monitoring of patients with life-threatening conditions.

It provides special expertise and the facilities for the support of vital functions and uses the skills of medical, nursing and other personnel experienced in the management of these problems.

ICU staff also provide services outside of the ICU, such as emergency response (e.g. rapid response teams) and critical care outreach services.

Oxford Critical Care, part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, comprises the Adult Intensive Care Unit (AICU) at the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Churchill Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at the Churchill Hospital.

There are 16 beds on AICU and eight on CICU.

We care for critically ill adult patients in need of intensive and high-dependency care. We aim to provide high standards of care, and to support relatives and visitors.

Activity on the unit combines acute and emergency medicine and surgery. In addition, we support the provision of the regional Trauma and Vascular Centre, as well as tertiary-level specialist services including renal, haematology and oncology.