BMI London hospital invests in critical care provision

22-Dec-2014

Growth of BMI The London Independent Hospital's international reputation leads to intensive therapy unit revamp

BMI The London Independent Hospital has unveiled its newly-enhanced intensive therapy unit (ITU).

The new department, which has undergone a £40,000 investment, will allow the hospital to expand the level of critical care it is able to provide in London and further afield.

The investment into the Level III ITU will provide the hospital with the highest level of dedicated, continuous and specialised care. Equipped with the latest technology, the ITU team, led by consultant intensive care anaesthetists, is able to treat patients suffering from a wide variety of medical and surgical conditions that require complex multi-organ support.

The new ITU has a total of six Level III beds with five isolation rooms and capacity for three patients requiring high-dependency Level II care. The unit also provides a renal dialysis outpatient service for patients with chronic renal failure who require treatment for other conditions.

The growth of the hospital’s international reputation in the past 12 months has had a dramatic impact on the ITU at BMI The London Independent Hospital

“The growth of the hospital’s international reputation in the past 12 months has had a dramatic impact on the ITU at BMI The London Independent Hospital,” said Sharon Ash, critical care manager.

“My team and I now routinely deal with patients who have undergone highly-complex cardiac, neuro, colorectal and orthopaedic procedures and in the past year we have treated patients who have survived road traffic accidents, gunshot wounds and undergone severe trauma. We have also successfully completed our first live donor kidney transplant.

“This investment into the ITU will allow us to continue to expand the critical care services we are able to provide to the UK and internationally. Crucially, the investment will also allow us to improve and enhance the level of one-to-one care we currently provide to our patients.”

BMI The London Independent Hospital is among a handful of private hospitals who are able to offer level III critical care. The ITU at BMI The London Independent Hospital is staffed by a highly-skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team providing 24-hour care for patients. The newly-refurbished unit will enhance the existing critical care services offered at the hospital including non-invasive and invasive mechanical ventilation, continuous haemodynamic and intra-cranial pressure monitoring, inotropic support, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy, as well as various modalities of renal replacement therapy. The isolation rooms, while in keeping with the hospital’s strict infection prevention and control policies will also enhance the patient and family members experience by enhancing privacy and dignity during their stay in the ITU.

This investment will allow us to expand our reach on an international business while also increasing complexity and the growing range of tertiary medicine we are able to provide to UK patients

Speaking about the investment, Kirsty Baker, executive director at BMI The London Independent Hospital, said: “The hospital is proud to stand apart from the crowd when it comes to the provision of highly-specialised care we are able to provide to our patients.

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“This investment will allow us to expand our reach on an international business while also increasing complexity and the growing range of tertiary medicine we are able to provide to UK patients.”

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