Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local people and businesses, the new Critical Care Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital will open with a full range of additional features that will greatly enhance the experience of patients and their families.
£19 million has been invested to significantly expand the existing Critical Care Unit, providing much needed new bed capacity and a bright, modern environment for staff and patients. Although the project was planned long before Covid-19, a recent injection of additional Government funding has enabled the work to be completed several months ahead of schedule which will assist in the fight against the Coronavirus.
The extension will include a new kitchen area and family room that will enable patients’ loved ones to stay close by. As the coronavirus pandemic currently prevents hospital visits, in the short term, they will provide welcome sanctuary for the unit’s staff as they work to treat Covid-19 patients.
The public donations will fund a wide variety of additional items including reclining chairs and pull out beds for visitors; artwork; special exercise equipment to help patients with their recovery and furniture for the special counselling rooms within the Unit.
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am absolutely delighted and touched that our local businesses and community have raised such an astonishing amount of money for their local NHS in such a short period of time. This £82,000 will fund all the additional extras and home comforts within the Critical Care Unit that make such a tangible difference for staff, patients and their families at a very difficult time in their lives.
“I would like to thank every single person and company who has shown their support - in particular the Bhailok family for their incredible contribution.”
Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said “It’s well documented that the emotional and psychological benefits of being in attractive, uplifting and comfortable surroundings are significant and no one needs this more than those accessing Critical Care. The generosity of our local community means that we will now be able to offer a first class environment from the moment the new unit opens its doors.