THE Tweed Hospital Intensive Care and High Dependency Service is this weekend celebrating 20 years of providing specialised care to residents and visitors of the Tweed Valley.
Director of the Intensive Care and High Dependency Service (IC&HDS) Doctor Mike Lindley-Jones (pictured) said those who work in the IC&HDS continue to run a vibrant, friendly and progressive department that has earned a reputation for delivering high quality intensive care to our patients.
“Many people have worked in this unique department over these past 20 years, five of whom have been working in the Unit since it opened. There are also many more, who were part of the ICU start up team that continue to work in The Tweed Hospital,” Dr Lindley-Jones said.
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Since it opened in 1994, the department has been utilised to treat more than 13,500 critically ill patients, many of whom were ventilated on life support and had their lives saved.
The hospital’s ICU has seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of presentations over the past two years.
“We are delighted The Tweed Hospital Executive have approved the commissioning of an extra bed in the Unit, which is currently being built and expected to be operating in about two weeks’ time,” Dr Lindley-Jones said.
“Now it is time to celebrate with everyone who has been involved over these 20 years of caring and with this in mind, we have organised a weekend of activities so we catch up with some familiar faces and discuss the changes that have occurred over the years.
“Some of those people will actually be coming home to the Tweed for the weekend and we are really looking forward to renewing old friendships and sharing experiences,” Dr Lindley-Jones said.