Intensive Care Unit
St George Private Hospitals Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admits more than 900 patients annually. The ICU provides care for a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions and has a long standing expertise in the management of patients after cardiac surgery, spinal surgery, neurosurgery and a wide range of other complex surgeries.
Our 10 bed ICU provides specialised care for patients who require constant monitoring, intensive nursing care and advanced respiratory, cardiac and renal support therapies. Our experienced, dedicated
Each day our unit is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team. The medical staff that rotate through our unit consists of 7 specialists:
- Dr Andrew Cheng
- A/Prof Theresa Jacques
- Dr TC Doris Lam
- Professor John Myburgh
- A/Prof Michael O’Leary
- Dr Manoj Saxena
- A/Prof George Skowronski
The other staff that work alongside our medical specialists are:
- Nurse Unit Manager
- Beside nurse
- Renal physician
Admission to ICU can be very stressful for both patient and family. Our nurses and doctors appreciate you may have many concerns and wish to make your experience as easy as possible.
- Be prepared to see lots of lines, tubes, wires & monitoring equipment.
- Monitors have alarms that signal when something needs to be checked BUT are not always a cause for concern, a slight movement may trigger an alarm.
- The patient will be unable to speak if on a ventilator but feel free to touch and talk to your loved one.
- To prevent spread of infection wash your hands with the microbial hand gel provided when entering & leaving the unit.
- You may be asked to wait in the waiting room during procedures & medical rounds
We have a range of support services available to both patients and visitors including:
- Chaplaincy services
- Interpreting services
- Social worker
- Toilets: On the same floor as ICU near the lifts.
- Waiting area: Comfortable seating area with TV and magazines
- Quiet Room: A separate room for visitors to have some need downtime
- Georgies Coffee shop: Ground floor at the entrance to the hospital.
- 24/7 Pharmacy: Ground floor opposite the cafe
- Public Telephone and Taxi phone: Main hospital reception on the ground floor
- Unless specifically requested by the family or the patient, only immediate family should visit patients in ICU.
- A limit of two visitors is permitted to enter at any one time.
- Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult when visiting.
Recommended visiting hours:
- 10.00am – 12.00pm
- Rest period for the patients is between 12.00pm & 15.00pm.
- Visitors should notify staff of their arrival by pressing the doorbell outside the unit and waiting for a staff member to answer.
- Due to the unpredictable nature of the ICU a registered nurse or team leader must authorise visitor access to the unit.
- Relatives are encouraged not to remain at the hospital overnight.