John V Farman Intensive Care Unit | Cambridge, UK

John V Farman Intensive Care Unit

JVF ICU is a 20-bed general intensive care unit which admits more than 1,000 patients per year.

Our surgical case load at Addenbrooke’s Hospital arise from all the major surgical specialties including liver and multi-visceral transplantation, hepatobiliary, upper gastrointestinal, urology, and gynaecological oncology. The complex medical case mix reflects the medical specialties in Addenbrooke’s with patients from hepatology, haematology, and renal and respiratory medicine.   

The unit is well equipped with SERVO-i ventilators, Prismaflex haemofiltration machines and PICCO, LiDCO and LiMON monitoring units.

The JVF ICU is recognised for training at all levels in intensive care medicine by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and General Medical Council (GMC), and participates in the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC) Case Mix Programme. A 24/7 medically-led Rapid Response Team has recently been established, and there is a weekly ICU follow up clinic.

The Unit commemorates the late Dr John Vernon Farman, who was a consultant anaesthetist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital between 1966 and the year of his sudden, unexpected death in 1988.  Dr Farman was responsible for intensive care at the old and new Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, after succeeding Dr Harold Youngman, who had co-founded Cambridge’s first ICU in 1959.  Dr Farman was a founding member of the Intensive Care Society and also worked closely with Professor Sir Roy Calne on the Addenbrooke’s – King’s College Hospital liver transplant programme. He was an enthusiastic teacher and wrote many academic papers, as well as several books.  His deep commitment to his patients was reflected in his insistence on the use of the name ‘intensive care unit’, rather than ‘intensive therapy unit’.

We will be updating this site regularly with educational content, details of our courses, research activity, and our publications.

Recent JVF ICU posts

Senior Clinical Fellows at the John Farman ICU

We’re advertising for senior clinical fellows on the John Farman ICU – applications close 25th September 2018.

The John Farman ICU admits 1000 patient a year with patients from transplant and complex medical and surgical backgrounds.

Hepatology for ICM Study Day: Acute Pancreatitis in the ICU

Dr James Varley (ICM Consultant, Addenbrooke’s Hospital) takes us through the ICU aspects of the management of acute pancreatitis.

Covering key aspects of this important condition for all ICU practitioners.  A pdf presention here.

Hepatology for ICM Study Day: Liver Transplant Selection

Who gets a new liver and why?  Dr Will Gelson, Consultant in Hepatology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, fills in the blanks.

Conditions, prognostication and outcome.  A pdf presention here.