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

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We are one of New Zealand's largest ICUs, admitting over 200 patients every year into our 24 bed facility. In late 2024 we will begin construction of a new HDU, taking our total capacity to 40 Critical Care beds.

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Wellington Regional Hospital

Wellington Regional Hospital is located in the suburb of Newtown in Wellington, New Zealand. 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 Intensive & High Dependency Care for a wide range of patients with surgical & medical conditions. These include cardiothoracic, neuro, general, upper gastrointestinal, ear nose & throat, and vascular surgery patients. We are also a major regional trauma unit. Medical care is provided to general medical, respiratory, haematology, oncology, neurology, toxicology & renal patients.

We look after most children (around 180 per year) but refer the very young or very sick on to Starship Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand's quaternary paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

We don't look after patients with burns, or spinal injuries but are involved in transferring them to the national specialist centres that do.

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Who we are

We employ around 250 staff to provide tertiary critical care support for the region. We have a large multidisciplinary team with a flat hierarchy. Although overall clinical decisions are the responsibility of the senior medical staff, the team works closely with other hospital specialists. You can find out more about our staff below.


We have 16 ICU specialists supervising more than 25 medical trainees and a number of Fellow positions. We are a major international ICU training & research centre


Physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, speech & language therapists, psychologists, whānau care, and social workers all help support patients during their ICU admission


Almost 200 nurses provide care at the bedside, as educators, technicians and research nurses, in the air as part of our retrieval service, and across the hospital as part of the Patient At Risk team


Ward administrators, secretaries, volunteers and IT specialists support both staff and patients and ensure the unit runs smoothly

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please use the button below to find out how to get in touch.

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Getting There

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

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More Content Coming Soon

The Wellington ICU website is undergoing a major revision.
Additional pages will include more information on medical & nursing staff recruitment, research (including all publications originating in Wellington ICU), educational resources, equipment information & libraries, information on the aeromedical retrieval & Patient At Risk (PAR) services, quality & safety metrics, and summaries of ICU data. The drug manual is being updated to become a searchable online database.

In the meantime, parts of the old website are still functional. If you are interested in working for us, please follow this link.

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Newtown, Wellington
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