We’re dedicated to caring for people with the highest care needs
St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of intensive care related services, for details of the intensive care services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.
Our intensive care specialists are amongst Australia’s leading and most respected practitioners
Our intensive care units (ICUs) are the specially-staffed and equipped, self-contained areas of our hospitals dedicated to managing and monitoring people with complex, critical care needs.
Some surgical procedures routinely require postoperative admission to intensive care. These include heart surgeries as well as vascular, chest and neuro surgeries.
Other reasons for routine admission include prolonged and complex surgery and monitoring of patients with other existing health conditions, such as heart or lung disease.
Our approach to intensive care
You’ll be looked after by highly trained intensive care doctors, nurses and have access to allied health professionals as well as the hospital’s pastoral care team.
The ICU team will keep you and your family up to date with what is happening. They’re available to answer any questions you may have.
Our intensive care services
Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.
Our intensive care departments have 24-hour access to pharmacy, pathology, operating theatres and imaging services.
We have allied health professionals including physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists and speech pathologists on call, and technical support staff are available as required.
Visiting a loved one in intensive care
There are restrictions on who can visit a patient in an ICU, and the visiting hours may differ to general ward visiting hours. Restrictions vary for each hospital. Please check before visiting.
You may be asked to wait if the doctors are doing the ward round, if a procedure is being performed, or if the patient is showering or having tests or therapy.
You must wash your hands before and after your visit.
Find a hospital near you offering intensive care
The unit's team consists of skilled professionals from intensive care consultants and medical officers to nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, pharmacists, speech pathologists and social workers. The team strives to improve your condition as quickly as possible so it is safe for you to be transferred to a ward and cared for in a less intense environment.
The unit is supported by Hutchinson Ward, a 21-bed unit that offers 10 monitored beds for those patients who may require on-going higher level of care following discharge from intensive care. Despite its sophistication and technology, you’ll always treated with respect, dignity and compassion.
We recommend you contact the hospital directly via (07) 3326 3000 to check ICU visiting hours before leaving home. We ask visitors to plan visits outside the dedicated ICU rest period.
There is a phone positioned on the wall at the ICU entrance. Visitors may use this phone to request access to the Unit.
We encourage only immediate family to visit our ICU. Space within the Unit is restricted by medical equipment and machines, so only two visitors may visit at a time.
Patients are admitted electively following planned major surgery or as a result of an emergency which may arise during their admission.
Our critically trained team include Specialist Medical Intensivists and Critical Care Trained Registered Nurses.
They are supported by Intensive Care Registrars who provide on-site round the clock patient management.
Our 12-bed ICU offers 24-hour medical and nursing care, the latest intensive care treatments and state-of-the-art equipment.
Our multi-disciplinary team works together to support patients and their families during this time. Our Intensive Care Specialist works with the patient’s referring doctor to develop a treatment plan that is monitored daily. Our Intensive Care Registrars are also on-site to provide around the clock patient management.