Intensive Care Unit

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,

severe infections).

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


Patient Information

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.

Telephone Calls

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.

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