What we do
We look after infants and children with a variety of problems such as:
- Congenital heart disease
- Major trauma
- Breathing problems
- Neurological problems
- After chest, abdominal, spinal or airway surgery
- Liver and kidney problems, including transplantation
Some children will be admitted as an emergency, and some after a planned procedure or operation. The majority of our children require support for their breathing, and some will need additional help. Around 400 children every year are admitted following open heart surgery and we have the facility to use full heart and lung support (ECMO) if required after heart surgery.
Leeds Children’s Hospital has an extensive multi-disciplinary team which means that we can offer specialist care to children with a wide range of conditions. We work closely with our paediatric colleagues in other specialties which include cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory and long term ventilation, neurology and neurosurgery, general surgery, ear nose and throat (ENT) surgery, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology, hepatology and oncology. We are also able to access the neonatal and adult specialties for consultation when appropriate.
We have a team of around 120 nurses working in PICU, many of whom have special interests. Their extended roles include:
- Education and training
- Infection prevention
- Dialysis (kidney support)
- Tracheostomy care
- Medicines and pharmacy
- Family care and bereavement support
- Organ donation
We rely on the expertise of our ward pharmacists, physiotherapists, dietitians and other allied health professionals who contribute to patient care on PICU.
We have a well-established link with Martin House Children’s Hospice and have developed more recent links with other hospices in Yorkshire.
Paediatric Intensive Care is provided entirely at the Leeds Children’s Hospital, having centralized on one site in 2013.
Around 150 children every year will need to be transferred in to us acutely from their local district general hospital – most of these will be brought to us by Embrace Transport Service.