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The Hospital



The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) [photo] is situated on the 1st floor of the Hospital, XYZ side. It moved into its present accommodation in 1992. 

We also staff a 10 bed High Dependency Unit on the 8th floor (8B-HDU) that was opened in late 2009. HDU admitted 691 patients in 2014.

Critical Care is a separate Clinical Directorate with an annual budget of about £7M (€10M) within the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, an acute teaching hospital with an annual budget of £400M (€460M), close to Liverpool City centre.

               Contacting us

ICU Secretary: Helen Allanson: 0151 706 3191 or 0151 706 3853

Who can be e-mailed with the format:

The ICU direct line: 0151 706 2400

The CCOT direct line: 0151 706 5813


[If calling from overseas dial: + 44 151 706 XXXX]


Department of Intensive Care, 12th Floor, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, LIVERPOOL, L7 8XP


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Medical Staff


The Clinical Director of Intensive Care:

The other Consultant Intensivist Staff are:


Staff can be e-mailed with the format:


The consultant staff are supported by one or two Clinical Fellows (12 months' post), currently Drs. Kate Tizard, and Beccy Gale as well as other trainees who operate on a shift system designed to produce an average working week of 48 hours:

Trainees are seconded from The Department of Anaesthesia and frequently from other departments such as Acute Medicine and Respiratory Medicine as well as "Common Stem" trainees. We also train about six Foundation Year doctors.

The Intensive Care staff have also managed the hospital's High Dependency Unit (located in 8B-HDU) since late 2009 (691 admissions in 2014)

The Department of Anaesthesia's medical staff manage the Hospital's Post-operative Critical Care Unit (POCCU) (609 admissions in 2014)


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About the ICU

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Research, Development and Audit

Recently completed studies and studies under way:

Immune modulators for the early diagnosis of sepsis (MOD study)

 An International Multi Centre study to investigate immune modulators for the early diagnosis of sepsis in patients undergoing major elective surgery.

Commenced 2009. UKCRN ID:  6825.    Sponsor: DstL.    Site P.I.s: Dr. Jonathan Walker, Dr. Richard Wenstone

A phase III international, randomized, double blind, double-dummy study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of 300 mg or 600 mg of intravenous zanamavir twice daily compared to 75 mg of oral oseltamivir twice daily in the treatment of hospitalized adults and adolescents with influenza

UKCRN ID: 9916.   Sponsor: Glaxo Smith Kline.  Site P.I.: Dr Richard Wenstone.      Completed.

A phase III, international, randomised, double–blind, placebo–controlled study to assess the safety and efficacy of ART-123 in subjects with severe sepsis and coagulopathy.

Commenced 2013. First patient recruited 2015. Only 3 other UK patients recruited.

UKCRN ID:  13862.  Sponsor:  Asahi Kasei Pharma America Corporation.  Site P.I.: Dr Ingeborg Welters 

Using P4 peptide to augment ex vivo phagocyte function in patients with severe community acquired pneumonia

A UK Multi–Centre Study building on previous studies in healthy volunteers and patients in intensive care with severe community acquired pneumonia. This additional study will test P4 (adjuvant therapy) during the early and latent phases of sepsis in a wider spectrum of infection than previous studies in order to identify potential therapeutic targets.

UKCRN ID 15756

Sponsors. Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Aintree University Hospitals.     Site P.I. Prof Ingeborg Welters

An International Randomised, Double Blind Placebo Controlled Trial of Tranexamic Acid for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Haemorrhage.

Commenced in 2014.Collaboration with AED.

UKCRN ID 13965     Sponsor. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine     Site P.I.  Dr.Wojciech Sawicki


A single centre pilot study using ultrasound technology to assess changes in muscle mass in critical illness.


UKCRN ID: na. Sponsor:  Royal Liverpool University Hospital.  Site Investigators: Dr Ingeborg Welters, Dr Peter Turton

Protocolised Trial of Invasive and Non-invasive Weaning Off Ventilation

The Breathe study is a pragmatic, randomised, controlled, open, multi-centre, effectiveness trial to determine if the use of Non Invasive Ventillation as an intermediate step in the protocolised weaning of patients off invasive ventilation is clinically and cost effective. Patients with respiratory failure who have received invasive ventilation for more than 48 hours (from the time of intubation) and fail a spontaneous breathing test (SBT) will be randomised in a 1:1 ratio to invasive or non-invasive weaning strategies.

Commenced 2015. UKCRN ID 13347   Sponsors. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust University of Warwick    Site P.I. Dr Ingeborg Welters

Observational, Post- approval safety study of updated ACCUSOL 35 solutions in CONTINUOUS RENAL REPLACEMENT THERAPY.

Commenced 2015.   Sponsors. Baxter.PSI.   Site P.I. Dr Ingeborg Welters

Biomarker-based Exclusion of VAP for Improved Antibiotic Stewardship

A Randomised Controlled Trial of Biomarker-based Exclusion of VAP to Improve Antibiotic Stewardship.

Commenced 2015. UKCRN ID 14666.     Sponsors. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.     Site P.I. Dr Ingeborg Welters

(Isovolumic contraction velocity. Improving echocardiography in the critical care setting and predicting outcomes)

A 2-Centre study aiming to assess feasibility of using isovolumic contraction velocity (IVCV) in the critical care setting.

Commenced 2012.  Sponsors: Aintree University Hospitals, Royal Liverpool University Hospital. 

Site P.I.: Dr Ingeborg Welters.


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Nursing Staff & Critical Care Outreach


The above may be contacted by e-mail [with the format:] or by by telephone [ICU direct line: 0151 706 2400; CCOT direct line: 0151 706 5813]

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Other Staff

As well as Medical, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medical Engineering Staff, the Unit is complemented by a specialist technician (Operating Department Practitioner), John Murphy.

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Education and Training

Dr Nagaraj can provide further information about the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) in Intensive Care Medicine, as advised by the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Intensive Care Medicine (IBTICM). Further information is also available from the Intensive Care Society.



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