This is FOI 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?
Please note that the above scenario very rarely occurs in the ICU at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
In the event of such a situation, the Trust’s process would be as follows:
To assess patients waiting for ICU to see if they really need to be on ICU;
To assess patients on ICU to see if any are fit to ‘step out’ to the ward
or, alternatively, reduce level of care to create capacity as appropriate;
To consider transfer to another ICU.