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New unit for extensive care
A NEW high dependency unit at a private hospital in Dorchester is set to give post-operative care in the area a welcome boost.
Patients at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital are due to benefit from the new facility, which will allow it to admit more complex cases and improved monitoring of patients with a cardiac history.
It is believed the hospital will see an increase in patient numbers needing complex surgery by around 24 per cent in the first year, rising to around 40 per cent the year after.
Katy Howell, a new nursing team member, will develop and run the new facility.
She said: “The high dependency unit allows patients to be cared for more extensively than they would be in their rooms, but not to the point of intensive care.
“Our new two-bedded unit will mean we can look after a wider range of patients including those who need cardiac monitoring, respiratory and blood pressure support.
Katy lives in Loders near Bridport and has experience in intensive care after working for over six years at Dorset County Hospital.
She added: “We can now care for patients who have significant disorders that we would not have operated on before this new facility was in place.
“It really has widened our offering and will certainly be important as a resource for the hospital in the coming years, especially as the population grows and lives for longer.”
Nursing staff at the hospital will be given extra training to look after critical patients.
Executive director of BMI Winterbourne Hospital, Theresa Starling, said: “We are delighted to be able to expand our services.
“We have a responsibility and a significant part to play in delivering better healthcare for the people of Dorchester and this is a truly great step towards that.”
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