Critical Care

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  provides two Critical Care departments. Each are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for the patients, relatives and staff. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has 13 beds and Cheltenham General Hospital has 12 beds.

Within these specialist areas patients are admitted for close observation and supportive treatment either after major surgery or during the most acute phase of an illness. Patients will receive close monitoring and support from equipment and medication which is only available within the critical care setting. Our staff are specialists and are specifically trained in caring for the most severely ill patient and their relatives. Find out more about our philosophy of care.

When admitted to the department the patient will be managed by the Critical Care team in consultation with the original team that admitted the patient to the hospital. Other specialist teams may be involved if it will help aid the patient’s recovery.

The Critical Care medical teams consist of several intensive care consultants. These include a lead consultant for each department, specialist senior registrars and Foundation Year 1 & 2 trainees. The team of over 140 Critical Care nurses across the two departments are led by the Critical Care matron and supported by the senior sisters and practice development team. The wider multidisciplinary Critical Care team includes dedicated Critical Care pharmacists, a team of physiotherapists, dieticians and a nurse led bereavement follow up team.  Each department has regular weekly multidisciplinary team meetings to enhance patient care. This includes discussing service development, training requirements’ and opportunities, clinical governance and safety briefing.


We encourage visiting during the afternoon when possible as mornings can be very busy. Our recommended  visiting times are between 3pm and 8pm. We ask that only two visitors are present at a patient’s bedside to enable the staff to provide the care required. If a patient is very unwell or unstable there are facilities for relatives to stay overnight within each department.

 A visitors guide to Critical Care at Cheltenham General Hospital

A visitors guide to Critical Care at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital


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Moving on from Critical Care

Once a patient has recovered and is well enough to be discharged to a ward, their care will be transferred to the appropriate ward team. Patients will also be referred to the Acute Care Response Team (ACRT) who work alongside our team in Critical Care. They will visit the patient providing follow up support and advice to the patient and ward team.

Link to After Critical Care leaflet

Contact us

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Critical Care: 0300 422 6178

Cheltenham General Hospital Critical Care: 0300 422 4013 


Useful Links

Your Questions Answered  - An Intensive Care Society guide to coping with a stay in critical care covering many of the topics on the website.

Critical Insight - An Intensive Care Society introduction to UK adult critical care services.

 BRAKE - The Road Safety Charity. Brake is a road safety charity dedicated to stopping deaths and injuries on roads and caring for people bereaved and injured on the road.

Cruse Bereavement Care - Cruse Bereavement Care exists to promote the well-being of bereaved people and to enable anyone bereaved by death to understand their grief and cope with their loss. The organisation provides counseling and support. It offers information, advice, education and training services.

 DIPEx - Database of Individual Patient and Relative Experiences. An Oxford based registered charity. It is a database of audio, video and transcript of interviews with patients and relatives experiencing a particular illness or health problems which includes a module on critical care.

Headway - A national charity that supports people with a brain injury and those who care for them.

ICNARC - Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre - a sister organisation of the Intensive Care Society (ICS) the pro­fessional organisation for doctors and other professionals working in intensive care.

ICS – Intensive Care Society. The Intensive Care Society is the longest established intensive care society in the world and sets the professional standards of care in intensive care. It is the professional organisations for doctors and other professionals working in intensive care. It is the acknowledged world leader in patient and relative involvement in all aspects of intensive care treatment and has a dedicated division specially for this work. It also supports medical research into better treatments in intensive care.

 I-Canuk - A professional and independent national organisation which aims to improve the long term care of patients who have suffered critical ill­ness.

National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) - A government funded organisation which contains a considerable number of relevant and important publications and guidance docu­ments for the NHS.