This is a unit designed to
care for patients who require specialized treatment and
very close observation due to the severity of their
illness (from severe trauma, long and difficult surgery,
The Nairobi Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a 7 bed
unit that admits critically ill patients. The unit admits
patients from within the hospital and also acts as a
referral centre receiving patients from East and Central
The ICU team
The ICU team consists of doctors, nurses,
physiotherapists, phlebotomists, radiographers, catering staff,
domestic staff and ward clerks, who all contribute their
particular expertise to the care of critically ill patients.
Your patient’s primary care will be under the care of one or
more consultant doctors. The Unit also has four resident
doctors, which allows for a round the clock cover for your
patient. Doctors will give you regular updates on your patient’s
Nursing/Medical staff will give you information concerning the
treatment your relative is receiving and the possible outcome.
We will also take time to answer your questions or go over any
points that you feel need clarification.
Information via telephone is restricted to the next of kin or
the appointed spokesperson. However be advised that to maintain
patient confidentiality only limited information can be given
over the telephone.
Patients condition and/or changes in
The next of kin or spokesperson will be informed of any
major changes in the condition of the patient. We like to have
at least two contact numbers if possible so as to pass on
We allow close relatives of patients to visit between 6.00 a.m.
and 9.00 p.m. Unfortunately, due to lack of space at each bed,
it is only possible for two visitors to be present at any one
If you have not visited before please inform the staff so that
we can assist you in understanding the equipment that are in
use. Please ask the staff if you have any questions.
Children below the age of 12 years are not permitted into the
ICU unless with prior arrangement with the Charge Sister.
To minimize the risks of infection in the ICU, flowers and
plants are restricted. You may however wish to bring a picture
or a photograph for the patient to keep at the bedside.
Support Services Available
We realize that this is a particularly stressful time for you
and your family. If you would like to meet the Hospital Chaplain
who can pray with you as well as talk with you and listen to
your concerns this can be arranged for you. Our Social Worker is
also available to help you get through this anxious time.