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This website provides information for patients, whānau and family about the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Wellington Regional Hospital. We provide tertiary (advanced) intensive care for patients across the lower North and Upper South islands.

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We are one of Aotearoa New Zealand's largest ICUs. We have 24 beds and admit 2000 patients a year.

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Wellington Regional Hospital

Wellington Regional Hospital is located in the suburb of Newtown in Wellington. It is one of four hospitals operated by Te Whatu Ora Capital, Coast & Hutt Valley. More information about the organisation can be found from the link below.

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What we do

We provide critical care for a wide range of patients. These include patients who have had complex operations on their heart, brain, spine or bowel. We also care for patients with medical problems such as diseases of the nervous system, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver or blood vessels, and support people with infection, cancer, or after bone marrow transplants.

We are the regional major trauma unit, looking after people with serious injuries.

We provide critical care to most children who need it (around 200 per year) but refer the very young or very sick on to Starship Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand's specialist child Intensive Care Unit.

We don't provide care for patients with burns or spinal injuries, but are involved in stabilising them, then transferring on to the national specialist centres that do.

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Who we are

It takes a large team to provide round-the-clock support to the sickest patients in the region. To ensure they receive the best quality care, they are looked after by a team of different healthcare professionals. Although overall clinical decisions are the responsibility of the senior ICU doctors, they work closely with other hospital specialists. You can find out more about who is looking after your loved one from the button below.

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Visiting Patients

The ICU is open 24/7 and visiting is welcome at almost any time. However, restrictions may sometimes be in place. Please follow the link below to find out more.

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Contact Us

We can be contacted by a number of different means. Use the button below for more information.

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Wellington ICU is a world-leading research unit with major international studies originating here. We believe every ICU patient should have the opportunity to participate in research, benefiting both them and patients that come after them.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Intensive Care Unit can sometimes be a busy & frightening place. We know that family, whānau or visitors often have things that they are scared or worried about. To help, we have made a webpage where we provide some answers to common questions.

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Getting Here

Information on how to get to the hospital and the ICU. Includes maps, public transport, route planning and parking information.

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History of ICU

A timeline of intensive care in Wellington: from 1847 to future plans.

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Other Services

Our ICU staff provide several other services to help patients, their families and whānau before, during, and after they are in our care. These include aeromedical retrieval, ward support through the Patient At Risk (PAR) service and the Tracheostomy Review and Management Service (TRAMS), patient diaries, pet therapy, a psychologist, and a bereavement group.

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Wellington Regional Hospital
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Newtown, Wellington
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