Weekend Diagnosis: Torbay Hospital celebrates milestone

1 February 2017

Lesley DarkeThis Weekend Diagnosis is from Lesley Darke, our Director of Estates and Commercial Development

Over the last couple of years, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been undertaking an exciting £15m project to deliver a brand new, state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU) at Torbay Hospital.

As well as providing our local population with this wonderful new unit, the project will also provide dedicated facilities for relatives of those in the ICU as well as a warm and inviting new main entrance with a café, a shop and additional public amenities.

Work began to prepare the site back in March 2015 and, in July 2015 a groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of the building work.

A huge team of designers, planners, engineers, our architects Avanti and our building partner Interserve, have been working relentlessly to turn our vision in to a reality. As the project draws to a close, we will soon be approaching an exciting milestone with the official opening of the main entrance and the intensive care unit.

On 22 February we will be holding our official opening ceremony which will be closely followed by the first patients being admitted to the new ICU on February 24.

The first seeds were planted for the project a number of years ago as our current 10-bed Critical Care Unit is now 30 years old. Whilst the staff support our patients to a very high standard in the current facilities, this new development will provide a state-of-the-art facility for this much valued service.

This major investment project will transform the delivery of care for our patients, visitors and staff and will see a 14-bed ICU with all the latest technology and equipment required to provide a modern, patient focused environment.

However, this development has only been made possible by the hard work and support of our League of Friends and the very generous donations from local people who support Torbay Hospital in so many ways. The League has supported this project from the start, and has raised a staggering £1.6m through the ‘this is critical’ campaign to equip the new Intensive Care Unit with the latest high-tech equipment. I would also like to thank our Leagues of Friends across all our Hospitals for their contributions and continued support, they all do wonderful work and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

This is an incredibly exciting time as we see all of the years of planning become a reality and I cannot thank everyone enough for their hard work and involvement in the project as we transform the delivery of care for our patients, visitors and staff.


Weekend Diagnosis a fortnightly column published in the Herald Express discussing local health and care issues.

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