Few private hospitals have large intensive care units; most of those that do can care for patients with moderately complex needs and provide one or two beds. The London Clinic Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is different. In fact, it's similar, and in some ways even better, than some of the intensive care units in London’s NHS hospitals.

Ten facts about The London Clinic ICU:

1. We save more lives

The mortality rate for seriously ill patients within the ICU of The London Clinic is lower than the national average.

2. We can care for very ill patients

Many private sector intensive care units have a limited capacity and cannot care for patients with extremely complex needs. The London Clinic has 11 beds and a large proportion of the patients we look after each year need very complex care.

3. We can cope with unexpected emergencies

Although the ICU is not an A&E department, so we do not take trauma or acute heart attack patients, we can care for any patient already within The Clinic who becomes seriously ill. Unlike some smaller private hospitals, we do not need to transport very sick patients for care elsewhere.

4. We have full laboratory back up

To be able to monitor patients in ICU effectively, we need rapid access to test results that provide information about physiology and biochemistry. The London Clinic’s laboratory services are extensive and on-site and can provide assays and results within hours.

5. We can offer kidney dialysis

Patients coming into the clinic for surgery unrelated to their kidney problems still need regular dialysis before and after the operation. Care in the ICU is coordinated with the kidney centre, which offers a full kidney dialysis service. 

6. Mortality rates are low for complex surgery

Unfortunately after major complex surgery some deaths are expected, but The London Clinic ICU has a very low mortality rate among patients having unusual and complicated operations.

7. Our staff expertise cannot be bettered

The ICU consultants and fellows are nationally and internationally recognised experts in intensive care medicine and they are supported by a large team of experienced and highly trained intensive care nurses. 

8. We are active in ICU research

Our ICU fellows are very active in research investigating how the monitoring and treatment of patients in an ICU can improve in the future. 

9. Our outreach service identifies patients who need ICU care

We have set up a system of monitoring ward patients to alert ICU staff to patients whose condition declines so that they can receive intensive care and monitoring as soon as possible. 

10. Our pre-surgical assessment is rigorous

If you are having a planned operation, we assess your risk of developing complications and problems so that you can be admitted to the ICU for special attention following surgery. Anticipating which patients need intensive care means that we can avoid problems and limit serious complications.