May 22 2008
Mayo General Hospital is to introduce 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 patients will start being admitted from next Monday, May 26th. The unit will be run by a team, headed by Respiratory Consultant Dr Cyril Rooney, which will also include 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. Dr Rooney says: The new unit will deliver a high level of care for patients with chronic lung disease in the region.
Tony Canavan, General Manager, Mayo General Hospital, says: The opening of this unit not only adds to the services here 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 will be 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.
Further information: Mary Garvin, HSE West Communications; Phone 091 77 5474
Last updated on: 23 / 05 / 2008