Our Services

Critical Care

Our Critical Care department provides life sustaining treatment to patients with severe life-threatening illnesses and to patients after major surgical procedures.

Critical Care at the Royal Bolton Hospital is a nineteen bedded unit providing both high dependency and intensive care capacity.

All patients are cared for and managed by a multi-professional team dedicated to delivering safe, high quality care, supporting families with compassion and understanding during what can be a very difficult time for friends and families of a critically ill patient.

Other specialists from across the Trust provide input where necessary. We care for almost 1,400 patients a year, and are the third busiest critical care unit in Greater Manchester.

Our Critical Care Outreach team works with the team on the unit to make sure that each patient’s treatment, care and experience is of the highest quality. They act as a link between critical care and the wards to make sure that patients get the right level of care regardless of their location.

The main difference between Intensive Care (ICU) and High Dependency Care (HDU) is the nurse to patient ratio. Usually an ICU patient requires one to one nursing care, whilst a high dependency patient requires one nurse to every two patients.

In contrast, on a normal ward two qualified nurses often care for up to 30 patients between them.

Service locations

Royal Bolton Hospital

Key contact numbers

Critical Care

Tel: 01204 390997

Meet the team