Intensive Care

Our services

The John Farman ICU (JVF ICU) has 15 intensive care beds and five high dependency beds. It has particular expertise in the care of patients who have diseases of the liver, kidney, blood or following major surgery. Patients who require very intensive treatment, close monitoring and frequent nursing care, either after major surgery or as a consequence of serious injury or illness, are cared for in special wards called intensive care units. They are often abbreviated to ICUs.

Visiting statement

We have taken the very difficult decision to suspend routine face-to-face visiting by families of patients in Addenbrooke’s intensive care units. Our sole focus in taking this decision is the safety of our patients, families and loved ones, and our staff. The number of coronavirus patients on the intensive care units is increasing; we face an urgent need to restrict the spread of the infection and keep patients and staff safe. This means that families of patients on the John Farman ICU (JFICU), the Intermediate Dependency Area (IDA) and Neurosciences & Major Trauma Critical Care (NCCU) will not be able to visit in person.

Opening times

Ward clerk on duty from 06:00 - 17:00

Information for patients

Most patients do not remember their stay on the ICU unit due to sedation or other forms of medication. Patients who are discharged from the unit sometimes have problems adapting to other wards and how they are run. We have a specialist team of experienced Intensive Care nurses whose job role is to follow patients as they are discharged to other wards in the hospital and help patients try to come to terms with and understand their ICU experience. Every patient that is discharged from the unit is invited back to attend a follow-up clinic appointment with the follow-up team. During the appointment, the patient can discuss their time on the unit and discuss any issues they may have. There is also the opportunity to look round the unit if the patient feels this will help. Patients are typically invited back around 2-3 months after they have been discharged, however, our Clinical Nurse Specialists can be contacted at any time.