Doctor performing an ultrasound examination in the intensive care unit


The aim of interprofessional care is to stabilize the patient's vital functions as quickly and without complications as possible and to ensure the best possible recovery. A team of specially trained doctors and nurses cares for patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

General information

The severity of the illness requires intensive monitoring and treatment and means that patients require a great deal of rest. Examinations and medical or nursing measures may lead to waiting times or interruptions to your visit. We will then ask you to wait in the visitors' room.


The support of patients' relatives is very important. They are welcome here.

Visiting hours by appointment

Visiting hours are daily from 11.00-15.00 and 17.00-20.00.

Please make an appointment to visit:

  • Unit A: Tel. +41 61 265 52 31
  • Unit B: Tel. +41 61 265 52 71
  • Units C / D: Tel. +41 61 265 24 93

Visitor rules:

  • Maximum of two people at a time.
  • Visiting time per visit approximately one hour.
  • No more than 4 people per day.
  • Children under the age of 12 by appointment only.
  • Absolute ban on visits for people with a cough, cold, sore throat and/or fever.
  • Additional rules apply in the event of isolation due to infectious pathogens.

In exceptional situations, visiting times can also be arranged outside the time window in consultation with the treatment team.

Personal utensils

As patients usually only stay in the intensive care unit for a short time, we ask you, after consultation with the nursing staff, to bring only a few personal items and toiletries. For reasons of hygiene, please refrain from bringing potted plants or flowers.

Frequently asked questions

From the public parking garage City you have direct access to the main entrance of the University Hospital Basel via parking level 3. Parking spaces are limited during the day. Please use public transportation if possible.

From 8 pm to 6 am, the main entrance is closed and the hospital is only accessible via the emergency ward. You can also leave the hospital at night via the Clinic 1 gate.

Administrative matters are handled by the patient department.

Location: Clinic 2, Petergraben 4, first floor

Opening hours: Monday - Friday: 8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Telephone via switchboard: +41 61 265 25 25, please contact the Patient Services Department


At weekends, on public holidays and at night, the emergency department in the emergency ward is responsible.

Post-ICU consultation

Post-ICU consultation (special consultation for patients and relatives after a stay in the intensive care unit)

Many former intensive care patients suffer from "post-intensive care syndrome" (PICS): after a critical illness, their mental or physical health and mental performance are permanently impaired and they require professional follow-up treatment. The relatives of intensive care patients are often also affected by the serious illness of their family member and themselves suffer from long-term psychological consequences, the so-called "Post-Intensive Care Syndrome-Family" (PICS-F).

Follow-up treatment for affected intensive care patients and their relatives can be provided at the University Hospital Basel as part of the interprofessional post-ICU consultation hours.

Suitable patients are identified during their stay in the intensive care unit using a special screening procedure and are usually called up 2-3 months after discharge from the intensive care unit. The aim of the consultation is to identify the consequences of the critical illness in interprofessional collaboration between the doctor and APN and, where necessary and appropriate, to ensure that the patient's medical history is reviewed and clarifications and therapies are completed in the case of complex courses. An important interface here is the family doctor, who always receives a detailed report with clear recommendations.

Former ICU patients and their relatives can better understand what has happened and the connection with their current health and life situation through the review during the consultation.

At the same time, it is possible to initiate further necessary services during the post-ICU consultation and arrange for post-ICU follow-up consultations if required. In individual cases, patients and their relatives are also offered accompanied visits to the intensive care unit. This can help to better process particularly detailed and bad memories in connection with the intensive care stay.

You can read more details about the post-ICU consultation here .

Contact us


Christian Emsden

Pflegeexperte APN


Medical director of the post-ICU consultation:

Professor Sabina Hunziker-Schütz