Work is now underway on the new ICU/HDU facility at Dunedin Hospital.
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will be combined with the 4th Floor High Dependency Unit (HDU) to create a co-located ICU/HDU Service on the 5th floor of the Ward Block.
The new facility will have 22 bed spaces and will enhance service delivery for critical care patients and their family/whanau.
The combined ICU/HDU will mean patients can transition from levels of care, in either direction as necessary, without moving their physical location.
The new facilities:
- have been designed with considerable input from Southern DHB medical and nursing staff and consumers, and the design peer reviewed
- include dedicated space for family/whanau
- will meet national and international standards for Intensive Care, and enable educational opportunities for nursing, medical, allied and other health staff.
It will be built in two stages with the first phase of 12 beds expected to be completed in the first half of 2018 and the second stage by the end of 2018.
The ICU/HDU is one of the interim redevelopment projects being undertaken by Southern DHB to best meet the needs of staff, patients and their families while Dunedin’s new hospital is developed.
To make way for the new ICU/HDU, other offices and services on the 5th Floor have been relocated to other levels of the Ward Block.