Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU)
Welcome to the Paediatric Critical Care Unit at The James Cook University Hospital.
We are a six bedded unit that looks after very poorly children and young people with varying conditions.
Our mission statement
“Our experienced team delivers safe care with a positive outlook that is compassionate, kind and warm.”
Most children requiring critical care are transferred from other areas within James Cook, or the emergency department. Some children will need to be transferred in to PCCU from their local hospital and will be brought to us by North East Children’s Transport And Retrieval (NECTAR).
NECTAR is the region’s specialist paediatric intensive care transport service which ensures that critically ill children (from birth to 18 years of age) are transported rapidly by an expert team to one of the Paediatric Critical Care Units we have here in the North East of England.
We work very much in conjunction and partnership with our lead centre in Newcastle. Click here to read more about the services provided by the Great North Children’s Hospital.
The right care as soon as possible and as close to home as possible
The children’s critical care unit at James Cook has become one of the first units of its kind in the country to be independently commissioned to provide high dependency care.
Working in partnership with other hospitals in the wider paediatric critical care network, the service helps ensure patients receive the right care as soon as possible and as close to home as possible.
Around 350 children and young people each year receive high dependency or critical care at James Cook’s Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU).
The stand-alone unit is equipped to care for very sick children and young people requiring the latest high dependency support including non-invasive ventilation.
Its highly trained staff can support patients undergoing a wide range of specialised children’s surgery including tracheostomies, scoliosis and orthopaedics. The unit also offers holistic care to patients and their families.
Children and young people requiring anything other than short term ventilation are stabilised at James Cook before being transferred to Newcastle – the designated regional centre for these more complex patients.
Staff have daily contact with colleagues in Newcastle to ensure patients are transferred back to James Cook as soon as they are well enough.
Research and audit
Parents of children admitted to PCCU may be approached regarding research studies. Most of the studies we are involved in are national multi-centre studies. These studies will have ethical approval and are being carried out in other units around the UK. Their aim is to improve the evidence base that informs best practice.
If your child meets the criteria to be included in a study then you will be given some information about the study. Whether or not you decide to consent to the study, your decision will not affect your child’s care in any other way.
Paediatric 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)
Ward manager: Sue Thompson 01642 852773