Basildon University Hospital has been shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award following the development of a dedicated respiratory care unit.
The Acute Respiratory Care Unit (ARCU) on Florence Nightingale Ward focuses specifically on the management of patients with acute/chronic respiratory illnesses with higher dependency or critical care needs, as well as those requiring non-invasive ventilation (breathing support and oxygen delivered through a mask, instead of a tube).
Patients can usually be assessed in A&E by a nurse from the unit who has undergone specialist training. This service is a 24 hour service and if required, a patient will be fast-tracked directly to a dedicated bed in ARCU. Patients from other areas can also be referred via the nurse bleep holder or a respiratory consultant.
The Trust has been shortlisted, along with seven other hospitals, for a Respiratory Award from the Nursing Times. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 2 November at London’s Hilton Hotel in Park Lane. Sarah Lincoln, Matron and project lead, gave a presentation to the judging panel. She said: “The creation of ARCU has involved close collaboration between the nursing team and doctors, however it is fantastic to have nursing staff’s innovative contribution acknowledged by the Nursing Times. We are honoured to have got through to the final shortlist and are hopeful for more good news in November.”
Alan Whittle, Chief Executive, said: “I am proud of the fact our ARCU has been shortlisted for a national award. Not only does it highlight the excellent patient care provided by the staff on Florence Nightingale, it also recognises the hard work which has gone into establishing such a unit.”