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Ward 21 FRH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Visiting Times

Our visiting times are 2.00pm to 7.00pm every day. 

You may not be able to visit during these times if we need to provide nursing or medical care to the patient, or if the patient needs to rest without interruption to aid their recovery.


Please speak to the nurse in charge if you need to visit at other times. Flexible visiting may be available depending on the situation. Children may visit but please also speak to the nurse in charge.

Due to limited space only two visitors are allowed at the bedside at any time. If the patient has had a transplant, then visiting is initially restricted to the same two family members only. 

Why might a patient come to Ward 21?

Ward 21 is an Adult Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit which specialises in the care of patients following complex heart and lung surgeries, including: coronary bypass grafts, valve replacements and heart and lung transplantation. 


Patients may be transferred here from all over the UK and Northern Ireland because of our considerable experience in complex cardiothoracic procedures.

Our unit is an Integrated Critical Care Unit which means we care for both High Dependency and Intensive Care patients in the same place, and can change the care provided at any time to ensure patients receive the right support when they need it.

What to expect on the ward

To help us closely observe and care for patients, our critical care areas accommodate male and female patients in open-plan areas and cubicles. We normally use cubicles to control or protect against infection. To ensure the privacy and dignity of our patients all bed areas are fitted with curtains or opaque glass screens.

All patients are connected to a monitor showing their heart rhythm, pulse and blood pressure. They may receive oxygen from a facemask or a ventilator (breathing machine). Other special equipment may be used to support the heart, lungs or kidneys – the nurse at the bedside can explain all the equipment to you.

Things visitors need to know

  • When entering the unit, please remove your coat (if any) and leave this on the hooks provided. Please remember to take any valuables with you. 

  • On arrival, ring the doorbell and wait until a member of staff can attend to you.

  • Please wash and dry your hands at the sink to help reduce the spread of infection within the unit. We may ask you to wear plastic aprons- the nurse will be able to tell you more.

  • If you have a cold, any infection or diarrhoea, please do not visit the Unit. Contact the nurse in charge who will be happy to advise you.

  • Visitors may be asked to wait while we carry out treatments and procedures, this is unavoidable. 

  • Car parking (payable) is available onsite. 

  • Fresh flowers are not allowed into the unit.

  • A translation service is available for people whose first language is not English.

  • Mobile phones must be switched off before entering the unit - their signals can interfere with electronic equipment which could endanger the patient.

  • Within the Trust’s hospitals there is a strict no smoking policy.

Contact Us

Enquiries are welcome at any time of day or night.

For large families, if possible we ask that only one family member contacts us to find out about the patient. He or she can then pass this information onto the rest of the family.


Please contact us at: 

ITU  0191 213 7021

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