Intensive Care Unit
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Rockhampton Hospital provides care to patients in the Central Queensland region.
The ICU provides 10 intensive care and high dependency beds to adult and paediatric patients who are seriously ill or with life threatening injuries. The care of these patients is managed through a team of dedicated doctors, nursing staff, associated allied health and administrative professionals.
The ICU delivers a high standard of critical care including complex multi-system life support. This includes mechanical ventilation, renal replacement therapy and invasive haemodynamic monitoring for extended periods of time as required by clinical need.
The ICU has state-of-the-art monitoring technology and equipment. This equipment allows for complex and specialised procedures not available in general ward environments.
Visiting hours and access
We welcome visitors to the ICU. Visiting hours are from 11.00am daily.
We do ask visitors to leave the unit at other times during the day such as ward rounds (4.00pm to 4.30pm and 8.00pm to 8.30pm), shift handovers and for specific procedures or when the patient is examined.
Visiting outside of these hours can be discussed with the team leader for the day.
Due to the nature and size of our ICU, visitors will be limited to two people at a time per patient. This ensures that all safety measures are continually in place for all patients, staff and visitors. Please respect the privacy and confidentiality of other patients in the unit.
When you visit speak to the receptionist at the front desk who will ring through to the ward to let the staff know that you are here. You will then be directed to visit the patient or asked to wait in the waiting lounge.
If the receptionist is not available (after hours) use the intercom to the left of the double entry doors. Press the button and wait for a staff member to answer. State your name, the patient’s name and your relationship to them. The staff may not be able to answer immediately. Please be patient. If no one answers within 5-10 minutes, please try again.
You may need to consider whether a child should visit their parent or a close relative in the ICU. You should check with the staff before bringing children in. This allows you and the staff to prepare the child for what they might see; the machines, the noises, what the patient might look like. You may like to bring something in to occupy them while they visit. The staff in ICU can help you to help your child deal with the situation.
We take infection control very seriously in the ICU. Our patients are extremely ill and can easily pick up infections.
Ways to assist in preventing infections:
- Use the handwashing basins or the alcoholic hand rub every time you enter and leave the unit.
- Do not handle the equipment at the bedside.
- Do not sit on the patient’s bed.
- Flowers and plants are not allowed in the unit, the patient will appreciate these more when they are in the ward and feeling better.
- Food and drinks are not allowed in the unit.
- If the patient is being nursed in isolation, the bedside nurse will advise you what to do.
- If you have a cold, flu or wound please call first.