Our children and young people’s critical care unit is where we care for the most unwell children with medical or surgical problems.
Our team of specialist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals look after children and young people requiring high dependency care from birth to 18 years of age. We are one of very few units in the country that is able to care for children and young people in this way.
We recognise that being on the unit can be frightening for both the patient and their families and we will do our best to support and guide you throughout your stay.
We have space to care for six children or young people. Due to the nature of the environment, we do not routinely have parents’ or carers’ beds next to their child in the same way that our other paediatric wards do, however, you are welcome to stay with your child for as long as you like.
We know the value of rest when caring for an unwell child and therefore will also be able to provide parents and carers with separate accommodation whilst their child is in the unit.
We use a variety of different machines to help make children and young people better. This includes machines to help with breathing or with giving extra fluid, for example. Some of these machines beep and make noises; we expect this to happen and will explain it to you at the time.
On rare occasions, children and young people require extra support from staff within a children’s intensive care unit. If this is the case, we work closely with our colleagues in the children’s intensive care unit in Newcastle or further afield to ensure all patients receive the best possible care.
We work hard to provide the best possible care that we can and will listen to any feedback that you may have about our unit.
Children and Young People’s Critical Care Unit
The James Cook University Hospital
Tel: 01642 854667
(Please try to avoid phoning during handover times: 7.30am to 8am and 7.30pm to 8pm)