With Level 3 intensive care facilities in every one of our hospitals, we are the only private hospital group able to care for adults and children in life-threatening situations. Some other private hospitals don't have any critical care facilities yet, with the neonatal and paediatric facilities at The Portland Hospital, we have intensive care facilities for every age.
HCA is the largest provider of intensive care and high-dependency care beds in the UK outside of the NHS. Across our hospitals, around one in five beds is either critical care or high dependency. There are six special care baby beds at The Portland Hospital and a 12-bed intensive care unit for babies and children at The Harley Street Clinic. We have so many intensive care beds because we care for many patients with serious illnesses, such as cancer, brain and spine injuries and heart conditions, and undertake complex surgical procedures. Our policy is that a patient should not need to be transferred to another hospital, however sick they are.
Patient survival rates in our intensive care units are close to five times higher than the expected rates, based on an external audit of intensive care across the UK called the ICNARC study.
Our intensive care units are staffed by a team of specialist doctors and nurses and supervised by consultants called intensivists. The team operates 24/7, with resident doctors and nurses supported by constant on-call clinical and medical support teams such as radiologists and physiotherapists. Our experience ensures that we are able to offer the best possible care in the most challenging situations.