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High Dependency Unit

The High Dependency Unit (HDU), or step-down, progressive and intermediate care unit, is for patients who require a higher level of observation, treatment and nursing care than that offered in a general ward but do not require admission into intensive care.

For those moving into the HDU from the intensive care facilities, this move is often seen as a welcome sign of progress as it means that the patient is improving, gradually establishing more normal eating and sleeping patterns, and is a step closer to going home.