For patients
& visitors

Critical care (formerly ITU/HDU)

Critical care

Ward details

A patient who is critically ill is someone who requires one-to-one 24 hour nursing and continuous advanced monitoring by a trained critical care nurse, or a trained nurse who has undergone induction into the speciality and is under the supervision of trained critical care nurses. Many of the nurses in the unit have many years of experience in this speciality.

Critical care consultants and medical staff are continuously present on the unit. They provide expert knowledge regarding the critically ill patient, in conjunction with the treatment and advice from the patient's consultant, whether it is a physician or a surgeon.

Most of the patients are fully dependent, immobile and often unconscious, so the critical care team has to meet all their needs, including basic ones such as hygiene and nutrition.

Total number of beds: 10


Sister Gillian Donohue

Ward telephone number

Bay 1: 01702 285049 

Bay 2: 01702 385526 

Contact email address 


1st floor, Prittlewell wing


Adult critical care

Business unit

Theatres, critical care and anaesthetics

Visiting and other instructions

Visiting hours open.  Please keep visitors to a maximum of two at the bedside at any time. More visitors is at the discretion of the nurse in charge.

Ward rounds are daily between 08.00 and 09.00

As a patient on this ward, you may be under the care of one or more of these consultants

  • Prof. John Kinnear
  • Dr Blanca Boira
  • Dr David Higgins
  • Dr Ian Ewart
  • Dr Emily Simpson
  • Dr David King
  • Dr Mark Saville
  • Dr Alla Belhaj


Specialist teams who care for patients on this ward

24-hour outreach nursing service.

Postal address

Critical Care
Southend Hospital
Prittlewell Chase
Westcliff on Sea