Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at
the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital is a 17 bedded regional
unit. We care for babies and children from a few hours old up
to 16 years of age. We understand that this is a very
stressful time for you, your family and the people close to you.
The nurses, doctors and other professionals on the unit will help
and support you in any way we can.
Children require admission to the unit usually because they are
acutely ill. This may be following surgery, due to sudden serious
illness or because of an accident. Whilst your child requires
Intensive Care they will receive a minimum of one to one nursing at
all times. There is always a eenior nurse in charge of
Your child will have a named Intensive Care Consultant, who is
known as an intensivist. They may also have a named Consultant from
another paediatric speciality, along with the support of our junior
doctors and advanced practitioners.
Details of our team are available on our photo boards, which are
located in the corridor. Also see our PICU staff uniform colours
Dr Peter-Marc Fortune
Dr David Stewart
Dr Stephen Playfor
Dr Kay Hawkins
Dr Mahil Samuel
Dr Rachael Barber
Dr Mo Gnanalingham
Dr Dorthe Grainger
The family advice and support team are here to offer support to
you and your family during this very stressful and anxious time.
They offer advice and support regarding financial worries,
accommodation and other hospital facilities. Family advice and
support team visit the unit Monday to Friday. They have an office
on the ground floor if you wish to visit them. We also have a Philosophy
Making it Easier
While your child is on PICU we want you to be able to continue
to look after your child as much as possible and as much as you
feel able. For example we will help you to change nappies,
wash your child and help you be as much involved in care as
possible. You may wish to bring your child's favourite toy or
blanket. There are breast feeding facilities available.
Bottles and a breast pump are available for you to use. The milk
can then be frozen until required. Labels will be provided to write
on your baby's name, date of birth and the date. Please ask your
child's nurse for further information. Breast feeding mums are
entitled to free meals whilst they are resident with their baby.
Please ask a member of staff for a voucher to use in the
When visiting your child, please ring the bell at the entrance
to the Critical Care Area and then to access the PICU and wait for
a member of staff to attend to ensure that it is safe for you to
enter. Many different procedures and interventions are carried out
in PICU at all times of the day including X-rays and new children
being admitted. Controlled access is for your safety, the safety of
the children and to maintain privacy and dignity.
PICU has an open visiting policy for parents only. This means
that parents can visit their child at any time. In order to aid
rest for the children on the unit, we ask that
only parents/guardians visit after 8.00 pm unless
discussed in advance with the nurse in charge.
If siblings and other family members are visiting, only
two people at any one time should be at the bed
space. This is to ensure easy access to your child in an
emergency. An adult must accompany all children under 16
years of age at all times. We recommend that babies are not
brought onto PICU as they may be susceptible to infection.
However, we recognise that a hospital admission is a stressful time
for all the family and we aim to support all families in the most
appropriate way. Please do not hesitate to speak to your
child's nurse or the nurse in charge if you have any special
requirements or needs.
PICU has shared accommodation facilities with the Paediatric
High Dependency Unit (PHDU). Accommodation for up to two
parents/guardians for the duration of your child's stay in Critical
Care may be arranged in the accommodation by the family care
workers or the nursing staff. Other family members and friends are
prohibited from entering the parent's accommodation, this helps to
provide a quiet area and privacy for all families. Unfortunately
sleeping facilities cannot be provided at your child's bedside, as
this could hinder access to your child in an emergency.
Please try to make sure that you and your family take regular
breaks and get some much needed rest away from the unit. This
will help you support your child and each other.Be assured that you
will be contacted during the day or night if needed or requested
for by your child.
Washing facilities are available.You will need to bring with you
your own toiletries.You will need to bring in your own tea and
coffee as there is only a limited supply. Cooking facilities
(microwave) is available in the accommodation. No eating
at the bedside is permitted.
Identification and Security
All our members of staff wear an identity badge at all times. If
someone not wearing an identity badge approaches you or your child
at any time, please check with the staff.
There is always a security team on duty within the hospital.
They are here to protect all staff, patients and visitors to the
hospital. If you see anything that looks out of the ordinary or any
suspicious activity, please ask a member of staff to contact
The entrance to Critical Care Area (PICU, Paediatric High
Dependency Unit and the Burns Service) is via locked doors off the
main hospital corridor to the Critical Care corridor then via
another set of locked doors to the PICU. Both sets of doors are
locked 24 hours a day.
You must ring the bell at the entrance to access the PICU and
wait for a member of staff to respond to ensure it is safe for you
to enter. We do ask that you do not let other visitors in.
The lock is there for security reasons to protect the children,
their families and all staff.
Play and stimulation is a very important part of any child's
recovery process. The team on intensive care encourage play and
will do our best to integrate play and stimulation where
appropriate. A qualified Play Specialist works within the Critical
Care area from Monday to Thursday.
Information on car parking and our restaurants and shops can be
obtained by visiting our 'Plan Your Visit'
There are Multi Faith prayer rooms available, one on the ground
floor and one on the first floor. There is also a Multi Faith
Centre in Manchester Royal Infirmary. Further information can
be obtained by visiting our
'Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care' webpage.
Families and patients are allowed to use mobile phones. However,
if making or taking calls (unless the patient is also talking) the
family should use the phone away from the clinical area. This is to
reduce unnecessary noise in what can be a noisy environment.
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Tel: 0161 701 8000