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A New Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for The Portland Hospital

13 May 2011

The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, the only private hospital of its kind in the UK, is to open a new Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) adding to its already extensive enhanced care facilities for babies and children.

Work is already underway on the building of the £3 million seven bed, level three ICU on the 6th floor of The Portland. It is scheduled to open in the autumn and will cater for children up to the age of 16. The hospital already has a two bed paediatric high dependency unit (HDU), a three cot neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), a five cot special baby care unit (SCBU) and a two bed adult high dependency unit.

The hospital also has a five bed paediatric neuro rehabilitation unit. With 41 special paediatric beds, the Portland admits over 2,500 children every year as inpatients. Children being treated in the new intensive care unit will be cared for by a 40 strong team of specialist staff including paediatric consultant intensivists and specialist paediatric ICU nurses.

The hospital is unique in having a team of over 80 consultant paediatricians and surgeons, many of them leaders in their field at some of London's renowned teaching hospitals. The paediatric ICU team will also be supported by a multidisciplinary team of specialists including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and play specialists.

In addition to the large team of paediatricians at the hospital, the Portland also has specialist doctors - resident in the hospital 24x7. The Chief Executive of The Portland, Janene Madden, said the building of the new PICU was a milestone for the hospital. "The Portland is the largest private children's hospital in the country. With over 40,000 children's appointments here every year and a growing range of complex procedures available for our inpatients, we need to increase our capacity," she said. "This is a milestone in the long history of The Portland and one of many areas of expansion and renewal the hospital has seen over the last couple of years."

"Over the past two years alone, we have invested £6 million in new diagnostic technology, expansion and refurbishment and we have brought in new specialist staff to meet the growing demand for our women's and children's services. Together with our sister hospital's paediatric cardiac and cancer units and ICU (at The Harley Street Clinic), this new intensive care unit will mean that we can cater for every eventuality for children from birth to the age of 16," said Janene.

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