King George Hospital boosted by £5m Intensive Therapy Unit upgrade

King George Hospital in Ilford has seen its Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) transformed following a £5m investment, which will be crucial in managing critical care demand.

Renovated in just 10 months since the first design drawings were created, the ITU has been reconfigured and modernised, increasing in size from eight to 12 beds.

Local politicians attended on Friday July 1 for a tour when chief executive Matthew Trainer and chair Jacqui Smith welcomed MP for Ilford South Sam Tarry, Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal, Health Scrutiny Committee chair Beverley Brewer, Vice chair Sunny Brar and chief executive Claire Symonds.

During the visit, Sam Tarry MP said: “It’s so uplifting that for the third time in less than a year, I’ve visited King George Hospital to see new facilities.”

Councillor Athwal agreed and said: “The ITU is one of those facilities that you hope you never have to use but you’re always thankful its there, because if you need it, you know you’ll receive world class treatment locally. We are very thankful.”

By utilising an area previously used for offices, the ITU is a much brighter and peaceful environment for patients to help aide their recovery and for our staff to work in.

Key features include a new dedicated relatives room away from the main unit and a central staff station where nurses can see all areas of the department.

Matthew Trainer said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to create a fantastic environment for our critically ill patients in such a short amount of time. A huge well done to all the teams involved in the renovation.

“It was also crucial that the ITU had a positive impact on the wellbeing of our staff. With a new staff room and changing rooms, as well as a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) room, we’ve created a flexible environment for staff to work and relax in.”

Mick Ferris

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