Re-opening of Belfast City Hospital Intensive Care Unit


Belfast Trust Chief Executive, Dr Michael McBride, opened the newly refurbished Intensive Care Unit at the Belfast City Hospital yesterday (Thursday, 27 October).

The Unit provides critical care for patients from all over Northern Ireland, often following chemotherapy or major cancer surgery.  It has excellent results, with survival rates well above average for the UK.
The team have been early adopters of innovative approaches to critical care, such as minimising the use of sedative drugs, rapid weaning from mechanical ventilation, early rehabilitation and paperless record-keeping.
This refurbishment has created several developments which will improve patient, family and staff experience, such as an improved visitor area, comfortable spaces for staff breaks and a dedicated room for family meetings. Novel features have been introduced including multimedia information screens in the relatives’ waiting area and biodynamic lighting which changes frequency to mimic daylight. 
Included in the refurbishment is a Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU), due to open next week. This will provide dedicated space for high-risk surgical patients to receive the monitoring and care they need post-operatively, without having to compete for critical care beds with emergency patients.
Dr Jon Silversides, Clinical Lead for BCH ICU said, “One of the most positive aspects has been the way the estates team has collaborated with us at every stage to create a much improved environment for our patients.
"The unit environment can have a massive impact on patient and staff well-being, and on helping staff to care for patients better.”