Critical Care

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Paediatric High Dependency Unit (PHDU) are both located at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is a 17 bedded regional unit. It provides continuous nursing supervision for children and babies who usually require respiratory support. It is one of the leading centres in the North West and the largest general PICU in the UK.

The Paediatric High Dependency Unit (PHDU) provides specialist care for children requiring more observation, intervention or monitoring than can be safely provided on the general wards: it acts as a ‘step up’ from the wards and a ‘step down’ from PICU.


Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Oxford Road
M13 9WL

Contact numbers

Paediatric ICU: 0161 701 8000
Paediatric HDU: 0161 701 8200