The specialist intensive care unit not only serves this area but also plays a key role in the West Midlands and beyond. Cheethams works closely with the KIDS - Kids Intensive Care and Decision Service - initiative and the intensive care unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital to ensure that the best care is available to critically ill children in the area.
Six consultants and 53 highly-skilled nurses staff the modern, spacious eight-bed ward which has the latest state-of-the-art medical technology. The facilities also contain seven bedrooms of various sizes to accommodate the patients' families in a child and family-friendly department.
In addition to standard intensive care procedures, the unit is a nationally-acclaimed, specialist centre for non-invasive respiratory intensive care - one of reasons why it takes private patients from overseas whose families bring them to Cheethams for world-class treatment. The ward also has specialist support services for patients who have had spinal surgery.
Multi-disciplinary care for all patients is provided by a team of play specialists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, dieticians and hospital chaplains. Access to a specially trained psychologist is available for both the child and the family.