Progress against target

Thanks to the support of public and the RUH League of Friends the £150,000 required to provide the Patient Service Columns has been raised.

Andy Georgiou, Critical Care Lead Consultant said: “Thank you to The Forever Friends Appeal, the League of Friends and all of the supporters for helping to raise the money needed for the refurbishment of our unit.

“This is going to revolutionise patient care here in the RUH through the installation of patient service columns. These columns will house a new clinical information system at the bedside and provide medical equipment, electrical power and gasses from a single convenient point. This means we will have improved access to the patient for emergency or special procedures right when we need it. Electronic data also means we’ll be able to offer much more nursing time to care for our patients.”

Tom Robinson said: “The care my friend Danny received at the RUH was exemplary over a number of years and particularly so in Critical Care in the last days of his life. Staff were so welcoming and personal. Huge thanks to everyone in Critical Care – you deserve all the support you get and more power to your elbow.”

About the Special Appeal

The Critical Care team delivers lifesaving treatment to the most unwell and most vulnerable 2% of the RUH patient population. The Critical Care Unit (an umbrella term for the Intensive Care and High Dependency units) has 13 beds and treats any patient of any age with any life threatening condition.

The vast majority of patients are women, but the unit also sees men with breast problems too and 2 or 3 of them will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Did you know?

  • 850 patients are treated in the RUH Critical Care Unit, every year. They look after patients with a whole variety of problems, such as severe pneumonia, cardiac arrest, cancer, organ failure, life threatening infections affecting any part of the body and severe sepsis, complications around pregnancy, and following major elective surgery.
  • 87% of patients are discharged to an appropriate ward for continuing care when no longer requiring critical care.

Critical Care Unit refurbishment

Despite its reputation for providing excellent clinical care, the Critical Care Unit needs to be significantly refurbished by the RUH to enable it and its staff to continue to meet the needs of modern day care and to make it a suitable environment for patients, staff and visitors.

Refurbishing the unit will allow us to upgrade the systems for effectively managing the equipment and the associated patient data and provide an further improved environment for staff to treat patients in emergencies when every second is vital to providing lifesaving treatment.

The unit plans to install Patient Care Service Columns (pictured below) to better manage the lifesaving equipment found around the patient’s bed. This will help dramatically transform and enhance patient safety in time critical, life threatening scenarios.

These columns will:

  • Allow improved access to patients and crucially immediate access to the head of the bed in an emergency.
  • House the new Clinical Information System (CIS), bedside computer and all interconnecting cables. The new CIS will improve data recording and reduce the number of hours taken to capture data manually, releasing 9800 hours per year for direct care of patients and relatives
  • Automate the recording of large volumes of data, aiding the work of our clinicians. Over 20,000 data points are currently manually captured by the nursing and medical staff for every patient, every day to direct patient treatment.
  • Deliver medical equipment, gasses and all electricity required from a single point.