The Galway Clinic Intensive Care Unit is an eight-bed unit located on the ground floor of the Galway Clinic. The Intensive Care Unit also facilitates the Higher Dependency patients within the Galway Clinic and if necessary the coronary care patients. There are six beds on the main floor and two isolation cubicles.
The ICU team cares for a large variety of patients from various specialities both medical and surgical. The Unit operates on an elective and emergency admission basis.
We care for a large number of surgical specialities including but not limited to cardiac surgery, vascular, general, colorectal and orthopaedic. Depending on the nature of the surgery your loved one may require a short or longer stay in ICU.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding your loved one please feel free to ask to speak with one of our ICU Managers. They will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have with you.
There may be many individuals involved in your or your loved ones care during their ICU stay. These are the admitting physician, a microbiologist, ICU consultant, ICU physiotherapist, other consultant specialities as appropriate, an ICU doctor and of course the ICU staff nurses. All are working together to ensure optimal care for you or your loved one.
Reason for ICU admission
You or your loved one may be admitted to the ICU for a number of reasons including:
Extra monitoring or organ support such as breathing assistance.
The nurse looking after your relative will be happy to answer any questions in this regard.
We ask you to limit visitors to two persons per bed (immediate family/next of kin) and this will assist us to ensure a more restful time for your loved one.
Our visiting hours are from 11.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 – 20.00 daily. If these hours are unsuitable please speak to the nurse in charge of the ICU.
We ask you to remember that your loved one requires more rest than usual during their stay in the ICU. This will assist them in regaining their health after surgery or illness.
Intensive Care Equipment
Your loved one will be monitored at all times during their ICU stay. We will be monitoring heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels amongst other parameters.
Some patients may require some organ support equipment – for example lung, kidney support. The nurse looking after your loved one will be happy to explain these to you.