The South West Critical Care Networks was re-established in 2014
as regionally based collaborative partnerships, enabling
clinical services to work together to promote the highest
quality critical care services for the regions.
Critical Care is a vital hospital service and the Intensive Care
Unit (ICU) is the area where the sickest patients in hospital are
treated. These desperately unwell patients may come from the
general wards, both medical and surgical, the Accident and
Emergency Department, or the operating theatres. The staff of
the critical care unit use modern high-technology organ support to
save patients' lives. Critical Care services also provide a
key role within the hospital to support the medical and surgical
specialties in the early recognition of, and response to, acute
illness in adults in hospital.
The main focus of the Network is adult critical care but links
are being forged with specialised areas providing critical care
including cancer, cardiac, neurosciences and renal and paediatric
The Network takes a whole system
approach to ensuring the delivery of safe and effective services
across the South West England health community in order to provide
valuable expertise, advice and facilitation.