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Oxford Critical Care

One of the most striking developments over the last 30 years has been the ability to support patients with multiple organ failure until they can recover.

Developments in the science of intensive and high-dependency care have allowed medicine to carry out increasingly complex and advanced treatments for serious disease.

Oxford Critical Care (OCC), based at the John Radcliffe Hospital site, cares for adult patients who are critically ill and are in need of this intensive and high-dependency care.

Our aim is to provide high standards of care to patients and to support visitors and relatives as best we can. All our staff strive to maintain these standards.

OCC has 48 beds across three clinical floors. This unit is part of a larger service which provides the ability to care for 56 occupied beds, when all of the beds are open.

This total number of beds is achieved together with the Churchill Intensive Care Unit (CICU), based at the Churchill Hospital site. Our nursing and medical staff work flexibly between the two sites to enable this to happen.

OCC provides this service for both the John Radcliffe Hospital site and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

The activity on the unit is a combination of acute and emergency medicine and surgery. The unit offers a co-operative service that enables the provision of a regional Trauma and Vascular Centre.

In addition, a maxillofacial surgical service is supported on the Churchill Intensive Care Unit.

Our staff

Lead nurses

  • Nathan Smith
  • Claire McMillan
    Deputy Matron
  • Alexia Douglass
    Deputy Matron
  • Trevor Venes
    Lecturer Practitioner

Find us and contact us

Oxford Critical Care (OCC)

How to find the John Radcliffe Hospital

When a patient is admitted to OCC, we will try to contact their next of kin as soon as possible.

Reception Level 2: 01865 220502

Reception Level 3: 01865 220576

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm (nurses will answer at other times)


For enquiries relating to the Cardiac and Thoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU) or the Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU) please visit:

Working for us

For information about working for Oxford Critical Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital, please visit:

Oxford Critical Care

Last reviewed:10 May 2022