Wellington Intensive Care Unit

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ABOUT WELLINGTON ICU


Wellington Regional Hospital is the largest of three institutions operated by Capital & Coast District Health Board and is located in the suburb of Newtown in Wellington, New Zealand.
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  • Our Intensive Care Unit provides tertiary (advanced) level Intensive Care for a million people in central New Zealand living in the upper south & lower north island, covering a geographic radius of 300 kilometres. We support six public hospitals that have Intensive Care Units and one hospital that doesn't. To manage such a large area we run a busy Flight Retrieval Service with the capability to provide Intensive Care-level retrievals around the clock.
  • We have 18 beds in our unit made up of 14 open bed spaces and 4 isolation beds in sealed side-rooms. Every bed space is equipped to provide either Intensive or High Dependency level care to both medical and surgical (post-operative) patients.
  • We admit about 1800 patients every year of which 40% are elective (including 600 cardiothoracic patients). We have an average occupancy each morning of 12 patients with a range from 6 to 18. The median length of stay for patients is 28 hours, reflecting the high numbers of elective admissions. After this, 25% stay for the second day, 21% for 2-7 days, and 6% for longer than a week. We ventilate 75% of admissions and have an ICU mortality of approximately 9%.
Wellington ICU Tertiary Referral Area
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The unit operates under the closed model often found in larger Australasian ICUs where admission/discharge decisions and responsibility for day-to-day patient management is determined by one of the eight Intensive Care Specialist doctors. Surgical patients and some medical patients are managed closely and co-operatively with the Specialists from their primary team.

Since 2007 we have published Annual Reports that summarise our activity during the previous financial year. These reports are publicly available and can be downloaded below.

We also collect feedback forms from patients and relatives who pass through our unit so that we can improve the care we provide to them. Some quotes from recent ICU feedback are shown at the bottom of the page.

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The Intensive Care Service has a commitment to the provision of excellent and appropriate care within a multidisciplinary team. The service supports openness, honesty, communication and the dynamic professional development of all team members.

ICU ANNUAL REPORTS

Previous ICU Annual Reports can be downloaded below (PDF files):

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Ma te kotahitanga e whai kaha ai tatau - in unity we have strength. Thank you for providing such a wonderful facility. Given the traumatic reason we were in ICU we can't be more grateful for the support we received. Our every need was considered and every question answered truthfully and tactfully helping make everything easier. Kia Ora.
Family Member of ICU Patient
Thank you and your amazing team in Wellington. You saved my life and inspired me to be a nurse too; I'm in my first year of a Bachelor of Nursing. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Fomer ICU Patient
The service from all the team members who looked after my dad was great. You all helped him the best you could and kept him in excellent condition. Great work Wellington Hospital.
Family Member of ICU Patient
Cannot thank you enough for the care you are giving my brother. The staff and facilities are fantastic, so kind and caring. Amazing care you have shown to him, it is absolutely outstanding.
Family Member of ICU Patient
My immense thanks for saving my life.
Former ICU Patient
I wish to make a point about how impressed I am with the care of my father. He has been treated with respect whilst maintaining his dignity… you have been very accommodating with my many questions and desire to be near him constantly.
Family Member of ICU Patient
Biggest compliments to your nursing staff for taking such great care of (our family member). She said that the nurses in Wellington were the best when it comes to face-to-face care and kindness towards the family.
Family Member of ICU Patient
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This page was last updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 10:56:09

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