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Former Patient Opens New Intensive Care Unit

Isle of Wight NHS Trust has opened a new intensive care unit that will provide critically unwell patients with improved technology and an enhanced environment to support their recovery and rehabilitation.

The new unit now offers private bed spaces and more natural lighting providing patients with quieter, more private spaces flooded with natural light to support recovery and rehabilitation.

Clinical Director for Critical Care Services, Dr Muriel Prager said:

“It really does give me great pleasure and joy to see our new Intensive Care Unit become operational this month.

"The ability to provide modern, state of the art Critical Care Services right here on our island, for residents and visitors alike,  has always been one of the top priorities of our Trust. 

“It is a reassuring thought for our entire island community, that no matter how severe a medical condition may be, a world class team of compassionate nurses, doctors and allied health care professionals are here to help them through even the hardest of times.”

Former intensive care unit patient, Louise Timoney, was invited by the critical care team to officially opened the new intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital and used the opportunity to present the team with a cheque for £5,000 that Louise and her work colleagues have fundraised for the unit.

Louise said:

“St Mary's ICU and all past and present staff hold a special place in my heart. In late 2016, at just 17, I was admitted to the ward.

"Without the hard work of all the team including doctors, nurses, care assistants, cleaners, physios and dieticians, I wouldn't be where I am today."

The opening of the new intensive care unit is the latest milestone in the Trust’s Investment In Our Future programme, a once-in-a-generation multi-million pound investment into the Island’s NHS services.

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