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Intensive Care Unit

Welcome to the department.

Nurse in intensive care

ICU and HDU – Critical Care Area

Patients whose conditions are life threatening, either through serious injury or illness, need constant close monitoring and care. This is provided in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or High Dependency Unit (HDU) – the Critical Care Area. This is based on level 3 of South Block. Our aim is to provide the best possible care to all our patients, their relatives and visitors. 


The critical care area has 17 bed spaces which is divided into two areas. The unit is open plan. We do not have separate male and female sections but every effort is made to ensure privacy and dignity is maintained.


On your first visit to the unit please ring the bell in the relatives waiting area. A member of staff will then escort you into the department. On subsequent visits you do not need to ring the doorbell and are welcome to come straight into the unit to your relative.

Do not visit the ICU if you are ill, have an infection or have recently had diarrhoea or vomiting. Please wait 48 hours following your last bout of diarrhoea or vomiting before visiting again.

Patients have a rest period from 3.00pm – 4.30pm and we would ask you if possible not to visit the unit at this time. If this is a problem please speak to the nursing staff.

How to get here

Multi-storey: take the stairs or lift to level 2. Go through Main Entrance building into Centre Block, turn left at the Welcomers desk into Centre Block and carry up the corridor following signs to South Block. Take the lift to level 3.

Staff details

Matron: Angela Forster

Lead Nurse: Charmain Gromer

Consultants: Dr Carl Waldmann, Dr Tim Parke, Dr Chris Danbury, Dr Jerome Cockings, Dr Ian Rechner, Dr Liza Keating, Dr David Mossop, Dr Andy Walden, Dr Tim McErlane and Dr Andrew Jacques.

Sisters: Melanie Gager, Sheila Hill, Nicola Jacques, Gillian Leaver, Heather Prowse, Helen Spicer, Sandra Barrow, Helen Mccarthy, Richard Bendon.

Any other information

Close relatives of critically ill patients are eligible for a free parking permit on a ‘one per patient’ basis. Please ask the nurse in charge or secretary for an application to complete and take to security (main reception level 2).

Useful Contacts

Intensive Care Unit
Level 3, South Block
Royal Berkshire
NHS Foundation Trust
London Road


Beds 1-9: 0118 322 7257 or 0118 322 7103

Beds 10-13: 0118 322 8498

Beds 14-17: 0118 322 8497

Fax: 0118 322 7255


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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    Tel: 0118 322 5111