Intensive Care Unit

Ready to care for COVID-19 patients

Some COVID-19 positive patients may require intensive care and the use of a ventilator as part of their treatment.

Learn about ventilators and how they help COVID-19 positive patients.

Visiting in a COVID-19 environment

Changes to visitor arrangements at our hospitals have been introduced in line with other public hospitals through WA.

As hospitals care for people when they are at their most vulnerable, these changes will help them, our staff and the wider community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Please read about these changes before attending the hospital.

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About us

Our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a specially staffed and equipped unit that cares for patients with life threatening or potentially life-threatening conditions.

A dedicated multidisciplinary team cares for critically ill patients suffering a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions. The ICU team includes a team of specialist intensivists (doctors who specialise in the care of critically ill patients) who work with doctors, nursing staff with specialised qualifications, and allied health specialists.

The unit features state-of-the-art technology to patients are treated with the highest standard of care.

Our services include 24-hour specialist medical and nursing care providing:

  • specialised treatment for patients who require constant monitoring, intensive nursing care and complex life support including respiratory, cardiovascular and renal support
  • support from nursing and medical staff, social workers, physiotherapists speech and language therapists, diabetic educator, pharmacists, radiographers and dietitians
  • access to pastoral care, interpreting services, cultural services and personal support services.

Understanding the intensive care journey

One of the most frightening things about being critically ill, or having a family member or friend with a critical illness, is not understanding what is happening around you and what to expect moving forward.

South Metropolitan Health Service (external site) offers around-the-clock monitoring and care at intensive care units (ICU) at both Rockingham General Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital (external site).

The following pages outline the different treatments, experiences and emotions you or a loved one may experience while receiving intensive care at either of these SMHS hospitals.

As recovering from a critical illness or injury can be a long and slow process, there is also information on what to expect on the next steps of this journey.

 

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The journey for family and friends

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The intensive care patient journey

Read what you can expect during this journey.

Read about what you may experience as an ICU patient.

Contact us

Please note information about a patient can only be given to a patient’s next-of-kin.

Phone the hospital switchboard on 9599 4000 and ask to be transferred to ICU.

The ICU is located at Ground floor, Block B.

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To enter the ICU, please ring the bell on the intercom. Our staff will check with the bedside nurse before letting you enter the unit.

If you are concerned about your loved one's care

Our ICU staff do all they can to keep family members and friends informed about their loved one’s condition, what treatments are being given and why. Where possible, they will talk with both the patient and family members about what treatment options are available. If there is anything you don’t understand or want to know more about, ask our ICU staff.

If you are concerned about the care being given to your loved one, speak first with our ICU staff.

If you still feel your concerns are not being addressed by the ICU staff after that conversation, ask to speak with the Rockingham General Hospital ICU nursing coordinator.

If you are still concerned, make an Aishwarya’s CARE Call for Rockingham General Hospital by phoning 9459 4770 at any time to speak with a dedicated senior staff member who will listen to your worries and concerns and action these urgently.

Acknowledgment

We gratefully acknowledge the permission of ICU Steps (external site) to adapt its resources in the development of this content.