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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) is a 19 bed (18 staffed) facility situated on the 1st floor of the 671-bedded Royal Liverpool University Hospital, XYZ side. 

The ICU moved into its present accommodation in 1992. 

A new Royal Liverpool University Hospital is under construction and will house a 40-bed ICU (encompassing ICU, HDU and POCCU beds). The latest esitmate is that theis will open in late 2020.

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

HDU admitted 877 patients in 2017 (561 if patients from other critical care areas in the hospital are excluded.)

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

Critical Care Administrative Manager, Ms Alison Fullard: 0151 706 3191 or 0151 706 3853

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 Lead for Critical 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) 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 five Foundation Year Two 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) (547 admissions in 2017).

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About the ICU

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Research, Development and Audit

Research, Development and Audit

We are currently recruiting, or have recently recruited, to the following NIHR studies:

ART- 123

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.

Top UK recruiting site.

Sponsor  Asahi Kasei Pharma America Corporation.   Site P.I. Dr. Ingeborg Welters 

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

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.

SCAP- A molecular toolkit for the microbiological investigation of severe community acquired pneumonia

This study applies novel laboratory techniques based on DNA sequencing to samples from patients with severe community acquired pneumonia. The aim is to evaluate these techniques for their potential to improve diagnosis and understanding of severe pneumonia.

Commenced 2017.  Sponsor Imperial College London.  Site P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters.

TEST -IT -Point Of Care Testing For Sepsis In ICU Patients: A Diagnostic Accuracy Study.

A multi centre study to assess the diagnostic accuracy of the Randox point of care (POC) multiplex polymerase chain reaction (Multiplex PCR) test in critically ill patients with suspected sepsis.

Commenced 2017. Sponsor Site Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.  P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters.


Prevention Of Post-operative Complications By Using HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor In Patients Undergoing Oesophagectomy – A multicentre, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial.

Commenced 2017.  Sponsor Site Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.  P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters.

SPICE III Sedation Practices in Intensive Care Evaluation:

A Prospective Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial of Early Goal Directed Sedation Compared with Standard Care in Mechanically Ventilated Patients in Intensive Care.

Commenced 2017.  Sponsor Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group (ANZICS CTG).  P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters.


65 Trial

A pragmatic, multi-centre, parallel group randomised clinical trial to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of permissive hypotension (MAP target range 60-65 mmHg whilst receiving vasopressors) in critically ill patients aged 65 years or over with vasodilatory hypotension.

Commenced 2017.  Sponsor ICNARC.  P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters


A multi -centre, observational, proof of concept study to investigate if breath analysis can provide a non-invasive diagnostic tool for VAP.

Commenced 2017.  Sponsor The University of Manchester.  P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters.


A multi- centre study to explore the perspectives of stakeholders, including former ICU patients, their relatives, and staff involved with recruitment and consent to ICU studies. The study aims to develop good practice guidance for recruiting and consenting patients to clinical research studies in ICU.

Commenced 2017.  Sponsor The University of Liverpool.  P.I Dr. Ingeborg Welters.

ISARIC/WHO Clinical Characterisation Protocol for Severe Emerging Infections.

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.

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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. 

WebMaster: RW


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