Medical Intensive Care Unit Being Expanded

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The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is being expanded. It will move from a six-bed shared section to a dedicated 11-bed department for critically ill patients.

Project Manager at the QEH, Dean Eccleston, announced the expansion during a press briefing at the Martindales Road medical facility last Friday. He explained that the renovations would also result in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), which currently shares the space with MICU, now having 12 beds. The refurbishment project is being funded partially by the Rotary Club of Barbados West, which is contributing $400,000 and the QEH $2.5M.??

"We are looking to have the area fitted out by April of next year, as in ready for use.?? Actually moving patients in will be guided by the progress of construction, as well as when the area is, in terms of air-quality, all settled.?? Remember, these are very sick patients, so this would have to be very carefully planned," he said.

The additional floor space will include two isolation rooms, treatment rooms, reception and offices for doctors and nurses.?? The major benefit of the expansion will be the increased number of beds and the creation of a dedicated space for the MICU and the SICU.

lisa.bayley@barbados.gov.bb

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