Our critical care unit treats and cares for children and young people from Brighton, Hove and the wider Sussex area.
We have ten beds, caring for children coming to us from the operating theatre, A&E department, neonatal service and our partner children’s intensive care units. With work with the neonatal intensive care unit at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit and the adult intensive care unit locally. We also works closely with the South Thames Retrieval Service and the paediatric critical care unit at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Different levels of care
Level 1: high dependency
Level 1 care is for children that require closer monitoring, including single organ support, monitoring or ‘step-down’ (patients who do not need intensive care but still need detailed observation).
Level 2: critical care
Children needing continuous nursing support and need help with breathing, or support of two or more organ systems.
Level 3 and above
Children with two or more organ systems needing machines to support them, including advanced breathing support. Children who require intensive nursing supervision at all times and will be undergoing complex monitoring and/or therapeutic procedures.