New respiratory service for Mayo General Hospital

Mayo General Hospital has introduced a new service to manage patients with respiratory conditions. The hospital has set up a Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) unit where the respiratory team will treat and monitor these patients.

The commissioning project for the new unit was completed on time, and the first patients were admitted recently. The unit is run by a team, headed by Respiratory Consultant Dr Cyril Rooney, with a dedicated Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist and Respiratory Physiotherapist.  As part of the project, the nurses on the unit have all completed specialist training over the past few months.

Tony Canavan, General Manager, Mayo General Hospital, said: "The opening of this unit not only adds to the services at Mayo General, but it also means that some Intensive Care Unit beds, which would previously have been allocated to this type of patient, have been freed up for other patients. This is the sort of optimisation of staff skills and other resources which will allow us to continue to improve our services within the constraints of limited budgets. This service development is a credit to the innovation and hard work of our staff and reflects their commitment to our patients."

The steering group for the project, which included Margaret Naughton and Martina McLoughlin, the managers of C Ward where the unit is housed; Aoife Folliard, Specialist Respiratory Nurse; Erica Bajar, Respiratory Physiotherapist and Mary T Gibbons, Divisional Nurse Manager, Medical Division, was chaired by Dr Rooney, and the overall project was managed by Carmel Ikeringill the hospital’s Clinical Risk Manager.

Last updated on: 06 / 06 / 2008