Few private hospitals have large intensive care units; most of those that do can care 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.

ICU Medical and Surgical Support for Patients

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at The London Clinic has recently been refurbished, providing our intensive care team with our advanced facilities to treat our patients.

The ICU has 13 spacious single rooms that provide 24/7 support for critically ill patients with complex medical or surgical needs. The unit is led by eminent ICU consultants who are supported by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, radiologists, physiotherapists, and many others. For complex cases we provide one to one patient care and have the latest technologies to support multi-organ failure. 

Although the ICU is not an accident and emergency department, meaning we do not take trauma or acute cardiac patients, we can care for any patient already with The London Clinic who becomes seriously ill; differentiating us from many other private hospitals.

Facilities in our Intensive care unit

 The ICU has been carefully planned to control the physical environment around the patient  so we can provide them with advanced management of critical illness, whilst supporting  the physical, psychological and emotional needs of patients.

  •  A sophisticated airflow system throughout the unit cleans the air and four state of the art  isolation rooms are pressurised to protect immunocompromised or contain infectious  patients.
  •  Further to this we have an extensive on-site laboratory service that can provide information  about the physiology and biochemistry of a patient within hours.
  • Five rooms, including the isolation rooms have en-suite facilities which can be accessed with a ceiling hoist.
  • Ceiling hoists are also found in all the other rooms in the ICU to help mobilise patients easily. 
  • Smart glass technology that switches from transparent to opaque with the press of a button is found throughout the unit. This allows clinical staff maximum visibility of patients but also provides privacy to our patients and their visitors in critical or sensitive conditions.
  • All of the ICU rooms are naturally lit as research indicates exposure to day light improves sleeping and the circadian rhythm which is important for immune, endocrine and metabolic functions.
  • Sophisticated lighting which can be dimmed along with offering a choice of different colours helps relax patients and natural interior and artwork of landscapes are found throughout the unit to create quiet, restful environment.
  • A patient entertainment system will shortly be launched, which will implement advanced connectivity with familiar and stimulating environments on wireless televisions so patients can enjoy pictures or videos from their loved ones or favourite pastimes. 

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 13 beds and a large proportion of the patients we look after each year need very complex care.

3. We can cope with unexpected emergencies

We can care for any patient already within The London 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.