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Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust The University of Liverpool The National Health Service

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About the ICU


Contacting us

Medical Staff

Nursing Staff & Outreach 

Other Staff

Research, Development and Audit

The Hospital


The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) [photo] is a 19 bed (18 staffed) facility situated on the 1st floor of the Hospital, XYZ side. It moved into its present accommodation in 1992. 

We also staff a 14 bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) on the 8th floor (8B-HDU) that was opened in late 2009. HDU admitted 858 patients in 2016.

We are also responsible for a Critical Care Outreach Team (CCOT) which works throughout the hospital.

Both units are housed within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, an acute teaching hospital close to Liverpool City centre.

               Contacting us

ICU Secretary: Helen Allanson: 0151 706 3191 or 0151 706 3853

Who can be e-mailed with the format:

The ICU direct line: 0151 706 2400

The CCOT direct line: 0151 706 5813


[If calling from overseas dial: + 44 151 706 XXXX]


Department of Intensive Care, 12th Floor, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, LIVERPOOL, L7 8XP


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Medical Staff


The Clinical Director of Intensive Care:

The other Consultant Intensivist Staff are:


Staff can be e-mailed with the format:


The consultant staff are supported by one or two Clinical Fellows (12 months' post), although currently none are in post, as well as other trainees who operate on a shift system designed to produce an average working week of 48 hours:

Trainees are seconded from The Department of Anaesthesia and from other departments such as Acute Medicine and Respiratory Medicine as well as "Common Stem" trainees. We also train about six Foundation Year doctors.

The Intensive Care staff have also managed the hospital's High Dependency Unit (located in 8B-HDU) since late 2009

The Department of Anaesthesia's medical staff manage the Hospital's Post-operative Critical Care Unit (POCCU) (about 562 admissions in 2016)

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About the ICU

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Research, Development and Audit


Recently completed studies and studies under way:

Immune modulators for the early diagnosis of sepsis (MOD study)
 An International Multi Centre study to investigate immune modulators for the early diagnosis of sepsis in patients undergoing major elective surgery.
Commenced 2009. UKCRN ID:  6825.    Sponsor: DstL.    Site P.I.s: Dr. Jonathan Walker, Dr. Richard Wenstone

A phase III, international, randomised, double–blind, placebo–controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of ART-123 in subjects with severe sepsis and coagulopathy.
Commenced 2013. First patient recruited 2015. Only 3 other UK patients recruited.
UKCRN ID:  13862.  Sponsor:  Asahi Kasei Pharma America Corporation.  Site P.I.: Prof Ingeborg Welters

Protocolised Trial of Invasive and Non-invasive Weaning Off Ventilation
The Breathe study is a pragmatic, randomised, controlled, open, multi-centre, effectiveness trial to determine if the use of Non Invasive Ventillation as an intermediate step in the protocolised weaning of patients off invasive ventilation is clinically and cost effective. Patients with respiratory failure who have received invasive ventilation for more than 48 hours (from the time of intubation) and fail a spontaneous breathing test (SBT) will be randomised in a 1:1 ratio to invasive or non-invasive weaning strategies.
Commenced 2015. UKCRN ID 13347   Sponsors: Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust University of Warwick    Site P.I.s Prof Ingeborg Welters, Dr Peter Hampshire

Biomarker-based Exclusion of VAP for Improved Antibiotic Stewardship
A Randomised Controlled Trial of Biomarker-based Exclusion of VAP to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship.
Commenced 2015. UKCRN ID 14666.     Sponsors: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Site P.I. Prof Ingeborg Welters

(Isovolumic contraction velocity. Improving echocardiography in the critical care setting and predicting outcomes)

A 2-Centre study aiming to assess feasibility of using isovolumic contraction velocity (IVCV) in the critical care setting.
Commenced 2012.  Sponsors: Aintree University Hospitals, Royal Liverpool University Hospital.  Site P.I.: Prof. Ingeborg Welters.

A Multicenter, Non-interventional, Observational, Post-Approval Safety Study of  
Updated ACCUSOL 35 Solutions in Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy.
Commenced 2015. Completed 2016.  Sponsor: Baxter. Site P.I. Prof. Ingeborg Welters.

A Phase III Double-Blind, Randomized, Parallel Group, Multicenter Placebo-Controlled Trial to Study the Efficacy and Safety of Caplacizumab in 
Patients with Acquired Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
Sponsor: Ablynx NV. Site P.I. Dr. Tina Dutt.

 pRotective vEntilation With Veno-venouS Lung assisT in Respiratory Failure.

This is a trial of a new way of treating patients with respiratory failure. It is a multi-centre clinical trial which aims to determine whether veno-venous extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (VV-ECCO2R) and lower tidal volume mechanical ventilation improves outcomes and is cost-effective, in comparison with standard care in patients who are mechanically ventilated for acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure.
Commenced 2016.  Sponsor: Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.  Site P.I.: Dr Ingeborg Welters.

A national prospective point prevalence study of multiple organ dysfunction in critical care trauma patients.

June 2016.

The ISARIC/WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol for Severe Emerging Infections is a "Rapid Response Research Protocol" that sits or rather “sleeps" in the DH NIHR Pandemic Preparedness Portfolio.

A Phase 3, Placebo-Controlled, Randomized, Double-Blind, Multi- Center Study of  LJPC-501
in Patients with Catecholamine-Resistant Hypotension (CRH).
(Angiotensin II or placebo for catecholamine-resistant hypotension)
Commenced 2016.  Sponsor: La Jolla.
Site P.I.: Prof Ingeborg Welters. 

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Nursing Staff & Critical Care Outreach


The above may be contacted by e-mail [with the format:] or by by telephone [ICU direct line: 0151 706 2400; CCOT direct line: 0151 706 5813]

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Other Staff

As well as Medical, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medical Engineering Staff, the Unit is complemented by a specialist technician (Operating Department Practitioner), John Murphy.

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About Critical Care in our local area:

For further information about Intensive Care in the Cheshire & Mersey area, follow the links to the Association of Mersey Intensive Care Units, A.M.I.C.U. (A link to the Cheshire and Mersey Critical Care Network's own web site can be found here.)

Further information about our local network can be found here:


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