Additional Services

ECMO (ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation)

The King’s College Hospital ECMO service has been recently established for the provision of veno-arterial support for severe cardiorespiratory failure. This service may be available in conjunction with the retrieval service in the primary treatment and relocation of very unwell patient in other centres in the UK and overseas.

Commercial research

The liver intensive care team are involved in, and understand the importance of, commercial research and are happy to discuss projects with interested parties.

Project management

The Liver Intensive Care consultants aspire to the delivery of excellent clinical outcomes within a framework of cohesion, communication, education and patient and family involvement.

The liver intensive care unit is founded on the principles of critical appraisal, reflective learning, education, research and development, audit, infection control, user involvement, quality, safety and interdisciplinary collaboration.

We have advised providers and hospitals involved in the inception of new intensive care facilities, or the improvement of existing services.

Invited lectures

The Liver Intensive Care consultants regularly speak at local, regional, national and international meetings, covering diverse aspects of intensive care management. If you would like to invite them to speak at your institution/congress, then please contact Samina Begum LITU administrator on 0203 299 3367 or email and a member of the team will contact you to discuss further.

Remote assessment

The liver intensive care consultants welcome referrals from NHS patients in the UK and frequently give specialty-specific telephone advice where patients have complex needs, but are best managed in their local hospital.

Private referrals from individuals or institutions are equally welcome.

If individuals wish to contact us regarding the ongoing care of a relative, it should be noted that we will not comment on the quality of care provision by esteemed colleagues in other institutions.

If we feel that a patient would benefit from transfer to the Liver Intensive Care Unit we would invite the primary care providers to refer to us, although they are not obliged to do so.

Advice may be given for the care of International patients. Arrangements can be made for assessment at their base hospital.


Professor Wendon has previously undertaken medico-legal work, in the role of expert witness.