Case Number 4693
Request Date 29/03/2016
Completion Date 20/04/2016 


Details of the Request

Please tell me what happens if you get patients for ITU / ICU / HDU but they are full with other patients, what do you do?


Details of the Response

If the Trust’s ITU/ICU/HDU are full we consider if we are able to step anyone down if they are otherwise ready for the ward. We can also look after them in recovery in the short term if they are stable or alternatively transfer an existing patient to recovery and move a new patient in. If we are really unable to move anybody we ring the local ICUs or the Emergency bed service to consider sending a patient to the nearest available bed.