Funding the essentials
Taranaki's ICU department has existed on a shoestring budget for too long. Healthcare funding from the Government is based on population rather than need. Taranaki's population does not meet the requirements for Government to fund an ICU department. But this is a vital service that saves lives.
Taranaki DHB have worked hard to ensure their is a functioning ICU department but taking budget from other areas. However this has severe knock on effects.
You can change this situation
By giving to our campaign, you can ensure the new ICU department is well equipped for the future with the technology doctors and nurses need to save your loved one's life.
How can you help?
With your support, Taranaki can have a state-of-the-art ICU. This will mean we can carry on offering complex operations as well as making sure we are prepared for future pandemics.
Keep up to date with the progress of Taranaki's new ICU ward
Your donation to the ICU is absolutely vital if we are to be able to create an ICU that fulfils all the functions we need. Unfortunately, Government funding does not directly cover an intensive care unit. But with your help, we will be able to have an ICU that has the following functionalities.
Enhanced patient privacy
Every room in the new unit will be an individual walled off room. This means patients can been consulted and treated in private, as well as protecting visitors and other patients from what is happening with individual patients. There will also be an increase to 18 rooms for intensive care, high dependency care and critical care.
Negative pressure rooms
All rooms will have facilities to enable negative pressure. This means that any outbreaks of Covid, or any other contagious disease, can be contained within individual rooms rather than having to shut off many beds.
Privacy for all
By making sure the ICU is well thought out, it will create a more comfortable environment for everyone involved. The new layout will give medical staff specific private space to discuss patient cases and outline options. There will also be a much larger Whānau room that will be able to accommodate extended family when discussing cases with doctors. .