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Mater Hospital Intensive Care Service
Mater’s Intensive Care Service is a dynamic and high-performing tertiary intensive care service in the heart of South Brisbane. The service comprises two physically separate but operationally integrated intensive care units (ICU) - the Mater Hospital Brisbane (MHB)ICU and the Mater Private Hospital (MPH) ICU.
The two units are run by dedicated multi-disciplinary teams of critical care clinicians. We provide intensive care to critically ill patients in all Mater facilities in South Brisbane as well as being a tertiary referral centre for patients requiring intensive care from around Queensland and internationally.
History and Timeline
The concept of an intensive care unit (ICU) and the specialty of intensive care medicine first started in Copenhagen, Denmark the 1950s during the polio epidemic.
In the 1970s, a coronary care/high dependency unit was established in the old Mater Private Hospital (Augbigny Building). By 1983, the 5-bed unit was capable of providing mechanical ventilation to support patients undergoing neurosurgical and vascular procedures, among others. See the timeline here.
Culture and Values
Education and Quality Assurance
You can find out more from Mater Research.
About Intensive Care
Mater ICU is run by a team of dedicated and highly trained medical officers, skilled critical care nurses and other healthcare professionals provide intensive care to patients with the help of complex machines and equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Patients undergoing major surgery and patients with life-threatening organ dysfunction require intensive monitoring, support and treatment by the intensive care team.
Our patients are at the centre of what we do and we strive to be professional and respectful when communicating with each other, with patients and their loved ones.
While the ICU team leads and coordinate your care; each patient is often cared for by a number of specialist teams who visit the ICU daily and discuss patient care with the ICU medical and nursing teams.
When patients are discharged from the ICU to the ward, a home team or parent unit will be responsible for their care.
Patients and families have the right to ask questions about their care and we encourage and support shared decision making.
Visiting the ICU
News and Resources
Keep up to date with the latest ICU news here;
Location and Contact Details
Mater Hospital Intensive Care Unit
Mater Private Hospital Intensive Care Unit
To contact the Mater ICU’s please phone Hospital Switch on 07 3163 8111 and ask to be put through to the desired location.