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Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)/High Dependency Unit (HDU)
Intensive Therapy Unit/High Dependency Unit

Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)/High Dependency Unit (HDU)

An Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU)/High Dependency Unit (HDU) is a special ward providing intensive care (treatment and monitoring) for people who are in a critically ill or unstable condition.


People in ITU need constant medical support to keep their body functioning. They may not be able to breathe on their own and they may have multiple organ failure. Medical equipment takes the place of these functions while the person recovers.

When intensive care is used

There are several circumstances in which a person may be admitted to intensive care. These include after surgery, an accident or a severe illness.

ITUs can be daunting

Being in an ITU can be a daunting experience, both for the person who is in hospital and for their family and friends. Our healthcare professionals who work in ITU understand this and will to help the person who is in intensive care, as well as offering support to their family and friends.

Gold Standard Award

Darent Valley Hospital holds the gold standard for recording and storing accurate patient information, including at the bedside.  A new Information Technology (IT) programme has been introduced in ITU. We can collect audit data to improve standards and care and accurately captures throughput and workload data. This allows us to analyse and improve our efficiency. Our approach has now been adopted in many other hospitals across Kent.