Intensive care expansion coming

Project Manager at the QEH, Dean Eccleston on tour of the Lion’s Caribbean Eye Care Centre. He is accompanied by Senior Radiographer, Venice Gill.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is being expanded at a cost of $2.9 million.

QEH Project Manager, Dean Eccleston, informed a media conference this morning at the hospital that the health institution would contribute $2.5 million and the Rotary Club of Barbados West $400,000.

Eccleston said the MICU, which currently shared the same space with the Surgical Intensive Care Unit on the first floor, would have it own room, with the present six beds, being increased to 11.

He said that when the MICU moves out from the same space as the SICU, which also now has six beds, the beds left would combine for a total of 12 beds for the surgical unit.

The project manager said that outfitting of the new MICU would start next month and was expected to be ready to take in patients by April next year.

He noted that the major benefit would be the increased numbers of critically ill patients who would be accommodated for treatment and the fact that there would be a dedicated unit.

The proposed facility will comprise a nurses treatment room, isolation common area, reception and nurse’s station, doctor’s and sister’s office and residents’ room.

There will also be kitchen, family waiting room and conference room. (EJ)

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