With two to three strokes now occurring on the island each day, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is constructing a 20-bed unit dedicated to the care of these patients with work expected to start on Monday.
Doctor and management there, the hospital said in a statement, agreed that a dedicate ward was the best course of action for the treatment of stroke patients.
“The creation of this unit will allow rehabilitation of these patients to be concentrated in a dedicated area. Following on the heels of the Acute Stroke Management Workshop held in February, Ward C10 has been designated for complete refurbishment to become a 20-bed Acute Stroke Rehab Unit. Construction is set to commence on March 25, 2013,” said the hospital in a statement.
Director of Engineering Services, Paula Agbowu, explained that the ward would need to be vacated in order for the reconfiguration to take place.
“Currently Ward C10 is comprised of patients presenting with various ailments. These persons are scheduled to be relocated to various wards throughout the hospital [tomorrow and Sunday] in order for construction to begin the following day.
“The construction period will be approximately six weeks, with the stroke unit opening at the beginning of May 2013. This move will not compromise the level of care administered to these existing patients as the medical team has put a thorough plan in place to handle this temporary dislocation.
“The refurbishment work will include the installation of piped medical gases, removal and replacement of worn floor covering, improvements to plumbing fixtures, upgrades to the kitchen, sluice and treatment rooms as well as reconstruction of the bathrooms. During this period, there will be a measure of dust and noise and we ask that you bear with us as we seek to improve the facilities,” she said.
In addition to the 20-bed stroke unit, the hospital reported that there would be a four-bed Acute Stroke Unit housed in the High Dependency Unit that would treat more critically ill stroke patients.
“At this time a number of items are still needed for the completion of this acute unit. These include; four critical care beds, four monitors with a central monitoring system, two ventilators and two suction machines. Any donations toward these pieces of equipment are welcomed,” the hospital stated, while thanking the public for its understanding and cooperation.