The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is equipped to provide advanced and highly specialised care to critically ill and injured patients.
This includes those with complex multi-system failure requiring life support.
More than 3,500 patients are admitted each year to the ICU, including patients already in hospital, from the Emergency Department and transferred to us from other hospitals.
Our staff members have specialist knowledge and experience in managing patients with all types of acute medical, surgical and critical illnesses.
Our specialty areas include:
- major trauma
- complex and elective surgery
- advanced heart failure support, cardiac and vascular surgery
- complex spinal surgery
- traumatic brain injury.
RAH's ICU is one of the biggest in the country, with capacity for 60 single inpatient rooms. It is a highly technical environment with lots of monitoring systems and equipment to support the care of patients.
The unit is designed with large windows and a strong focus on natural light. It is also located next to landscaped gardens and courtyards to create a healing environment for patients and to enable loved ones to seek respite.
Situated on level 4, the unit is co-located with the hospital’s operating theatres, interventional suites and procedural rooms, providing immediate access to these critical services in an emergency.
Patients may require admission to the ICU for close monitoring and treatment:
- After a trauma or presentation to the Emergency Department
- After complex surgery (planned or emergency)
- After deteriorating in hospital and requiring a high level of care or intervention
Visiting hours are 10am-1pm and 4pm-7pm.
Times are subject to change at the discretion of the treating team.
We continue to work together to keep our patients and staff safe.
Please read our updated guidelines when visiting the ICU:
- Visitors must adhere to strict PPE and infection control strategies as per the instructions of medical/nursing staff
- All visitors to ICU patients need to wear a surgical mask at all times but are not required to wear eye protection
- Please ensure you use hand sanitiser upon entering and leaving patient rooms, and entering and exiting the hospital
- If visitors are COVID positive and/or have respiratory symptoms consistent with a viral infection, please do not visit the ICU. End of life visitations will be carefully considered in liaison with the Infection Control Unit as required.
Thank you for your understanding as we continue to work together to keep our patients and staff safe.