Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a referral to the Liver Intensive Care Unit?

Referrals can be made by dialling 0203 299 900 and asking for bleep 141 at any time of the day or night. Private referrals should be made by calling 0203 299 3367 during office hours, by email to or, in an emergency, via the number given above.

Can I arrange for a family member to be transferred to the Liver Intensive Care Unit?

NHS patients should be referred by a member of the medical team responsible for their care. Assessment will be made over the telephone, and a decision will be made as to whether they would benefit from transfer to a specialist unit.

Private patients may be referred by individuals and/or institutions. An assessment of their condition will be made, as above. Private patients may be offered care at the London Bridge Hospital.

My family member is critically unwell, and my local hospital cannot provide a certain service. Do you provide this service?

Our clinical service is based in a major London teaching hospital which has provision for nearly every aspect of patient care. Please feel free to make an enquiry, as above.

How do I refer an International patient to the Liver Intensive Care Unit?

Please call +44 (0)203 299 3367 in office hours. Otherwise, please email and one of the team will get back to you.

Is MARS or any other extracorporeal liver support therapy available at the Liver Intensive Care Unit?

There is currently no RCT evidence to support an outcome benefit from any of the commercially available extracorporeal liver support therapies. At the discretion of the attending physician we perform single-pass albumin dialysis (SPAD) for symptomatic hyperbiliruninaemia, and use plasma exchange in acute liver failure.

Who ultimately takes responsibility for the care provided in the Liver Intensive Care Unit?

The responsibility for clinical care and decision-making lies with the liver intensive consultants. They work a weekly rota, and so one of the 4 consultants will co-ordinate patient care for 7 days, whereupon the responsibility for care will transfer to a colleague who will then manage the patients for the next 7 days, and so on. This individual will make themselves known to you, and will liaise with you through the week.