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Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

New resuscitation unit for emergency department


A new 10-bed resuscitation unit for seriously ill patients has been opened at Northampton General Hospital. The £1 million unit allows us to care for twice as many patients needing intensive medical and nursing care. Sister Jessica Gibbs said: "This new resuscitation area means we have the equipment we need, the space we need and now the nursing staff to look after patients until they are well enough and stable enough to move to intensive care or to another ward or hospital.”With 10 bays, the new unit doubles the capacity in the emergency department.  The new unit has specialist equipment for treating critically-ill babies as well as facilities for delivering a baby urgently. There's also a specialist bay dedicated facilities for stroke cases. Dr Fiona Poyner, A&E consultant, said: "We are seeing increasing numbers of patients coming into resuscitation needing intensive medical and nursing care from 8,500 in 2013 to 10,000 last year. "The new area means we now have the kit we need in one place, we have more space and less need to move patients about. It’s definitely a better deal for our patients."

Posted on Monday 19th January 2015
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