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Critical Care

There are three critical care units across University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), located at Good Hope Hospital, Heartlands Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

Critical Care provides 24/7 treatment to adults, in a separate and self-contained area of the hospital. The units are dedicated to the management and monitoring of patients with life-threatening and critical conditions. The service offers specialist skills which include medical, nursing and other personnel experienced in the management of these patients.

UHB Critical Care Services is a specialist provider of a wide range of disciplines, which include:

  • neurosurgery
  • burns
  • liver surgery
  • cardiac surgery
  • transplant
  • organ donation
  • maxillofacial
  • ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • renal
  • vascular
  • urology

QEHB is also a Major Trauma Centre, and our trauma teams have strong working relationships with Critical Care Services.

The service has a strong working partnership with the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, with defence personnel integrated into each critical care unit, to treat both military and civilian patients.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Critical Care is located on Level 2 in the main hospital building.

The unit at QEHB is the largest single-site critical care unit in Europe, with 100 bed spaces. The Critical Care Service is divided into four areas – A, B, C and D.

Contact details

Area A 0121 371 6330
Area B 0121 371 2814
Area C 0121 371 2579
Area D 0121 371 2804

Heartlands Hospital

Critical care is currently provided on two locations on the Heartlands Hospital site.

The first location is the main Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) which is based on the first floor of the tower block. The second location is on High-dependency Unit (HDU) Ward 7, which is based on the second floor of the tower block.

Main ITU 0121 424 2419
HDU Ward 7 0121 424 0207

Good Hope Hospital

Critical care is provided in a dedicated unit on the Good Hope Hospital site. It can be accessed through the Richard Salt Building entrance.

Last reviewed: 18 July 2022