Intensive care unit opens

Gurdip Samra, consultant in intensive care medicine, Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds and ULHT chairman Paul Richardson at the opening of the new ICU unit at Pilgrim Hospital.

Gurdip Samra, consultant in intensive care medicine, Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds and ULHT chairman Paul Richardson at the opening of the new ICU unit at Pilgrim Hospital.

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A NEW state-of-the-art intensive care unit is set to provide ‘21st century care’ for seriously ill patients, according to doctors at Pilgrim Hospital.

The new £4.2 million facility has been built with the latest technology to improve care for patients and bring the hospital in line with other leading centres around the UK.

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds officially opened the 12-bed unit on Monday morning, and patients will begin using it by the end of the month.

Dr Gurdip Samra, consultant in intensive care medicine, said: “I am confident that within this exceptional state-of-the-art facility we will have the right resources, the clinical expertise and management support to treat the most critically ill patients of south east Lincolnshire in the right environment, at the right time, by the right people, and together, we will make a difference to the lives of these people and their families.”

The new unit, which is on the second floor of the building, has three more beds than the current unit, and three more isolation rooms, compared to just one in the other facility. The floor space has been increased three-fold, giving more room around the beds and more room for equipment, which gets in the way in the current unit. Medical equipment is now suspended from the ceiling, rather than being on trolleys and plugged in to the wall.

Dr Sahal Turki, associate specialist in intensive care, told The Standard: “It’s a fantastic facility. The old one was very cramped around the bed area, you would be jumping over wires. This is massive in comparison. From a privacy point of view it’s much better now.”

MP Mark Simmonds said he believed this was the start of a period of great improvement for Pilgrim, which has faced criticism over its services recently.

He added: “It’s a significant improvement on the intensive care unit we had before. It will enhance patient care and I hope it will improve confidence for patients and the hard-working, committed staff, who will be working in a first class up to date facility.

“Here in Boston we must have the best possible service we can. This is a major step in the right direction and I am determined this is just the beginning.”