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.
We are one of Aotearoa New Zealand's largest ICUs. We have 24 beds and admit 1900 patients a year.
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 180 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.