A remarkable joint effort by the doctors, nurses, allied healthcare workers, pharmacists and staff of the Estates department at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend has resulted in the development of a 43-bedded specialist Respiratory High Care Unit. The wards of 7 & 8 will now provide additional treatments for some of the hospital’s sickest patients suffering with COVID-19. The wards will now be known as Enfys Ward. The name, which is Welsh for Rainbow, was suggested and chosen by staff as to represent a symbol of hope and one already widely adopted in our communities during this pandemic.
At the current time, it is apparent that trials of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) are a valid early treatment for certain patients to try to avoid intubation.
These decisions need to be taken early in a patient’s treatment and CPAP is the preferred form of non-invasive ventilatory support in the management of the hypoxaemic COVID-19 patient. The use of CPAP does not replace invasive mechanical ventilation (IMV), but early application may provide a bridge to IMV and possibly even negate the need for it. This unit will allow us to offer this treatment to a number of patients, as well as specialist care from the respiratory medical and nursing staff.
Respiratory Consultant, Dr Ruth Williams, said: “We hope that this unit will assist the hospital in meeting the demand of COVID-19 patients and help patients recover without the need for more invasive ventilation.
“This is a great example of collaboration across the respiratory clinical and management teams, supported by a committed estates department that have created a new space in a short period of time maintaining a high quality finish. It has been an honour to work amongst these dedicated professionals in the development of this unit in record time. ”
Staff of the Estates department have worked tirelessly over the last week to adapt the former surgical wards into an environment suitable for the needs of future patients.
Andrew Kidger, Estates Officer, said: “The Estates team are working hard behind the scenes to adapt areas that are supporting the frontline staff to undertake their duties safely while they are caring for their patients. We hope all the staff stay safe during this period of time.”
The health board is delighted to be able to offer this new service for our patients.