Intensive Care Unit – High Dependency Unit

The Tweed Hospital – ICU/HDU

The Intensive Care and High Dependency Service is an 8 bed inpatient service located at The Tweed Hospital. There are 4 designated Intensive Care Beds and 4 designated High Dependency beds, although there is the ability to change the bed delineation depending on demand. We provide a service to the wards and departments within the Tweed Byron network of hospitals and also other hospitals within Northern NSW and South East QLD. Our case mix is approximately 50% ICU and 50% HDU and we admit over 650 patients per year. The ICU/HDU has accreditation as a training facility for advanced medical trainees in anaesthesia, emergency medicine and intensive care. We are also a training facility for undergraduate nurses and physiotherapists. The ICU/HDU is classified as a level 2 ICU and is able to provide prolonged ventilation, renal replacement therapy, non invasive ventilation and all standard forms of invasive monitoring. The department is staffed according to nationally recognised standards, which includes a nurse to patient ratio of 1:1 for Intensive Care patients and 1:2 for High Dependency patients. We contribute to the national ICU patient data base (AORTIC) and our results indicate the level of acuity and patient outcomes are consistent with large metropolitan hospitals. The unit is renowned for being an open, friendly patient focused department.

  • General Visiting Hours: 10.00am – 8.00pm – with unrestricted visiting by arrangement
  • The ICU/HDU operates a ‘closed’ unit model of care. Once referred and accepted for care, the ICU/HDU team accept primary responsibility for the co-ordination of all aspects of the patients care
  • Referral for care can only be made from a treating team and is always authorised by the Intensive Care Consultant. At the end of the ICU/HDU phase of care, the patient is then referred onto the most appropriate service for ongoing care
(07) 5506 7429 (07) 5506 7440

Location of Service

ICU/HDU, Level 2, The Tweed Hospital, Powell Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485