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New Respiratory Assessment Unit opens - supporting patients with acute respiratory failure

Tuesday January 26, 2021

RAU 1A new purpose built Respiratory Assesment Unit (RAU) opened today (Monday 25th Jan) in the old St Martins Ward.  Comprising 9 single bedded rooms, initially the RAU will treat patients with COVID-19 presenting with acute respiratory failure and provide advanced respiratory supports, such as non-invasive ventilation. Early specialist respiratory input for patients presenting to ED will support inpatient and ambulatory pathways for COVID-19 care.

Opening the Unit today, Professor Ross Morgan, Consultant Respiratory Physician (left of photo) said that ‘… the Respiratory Assessment Unit will enhance current care pathways for those unwell with COVID-19 presenting to Beaumont Hospital and provide early acute specialist respiratory input". He was joined by colleagues Yvonne Whelan, ADON Respiratory; Dr Emmet O'Brien, Consultant Respiratory Physician; Dr Femi Walkins , Medical Reg & Dr Killian Marsh, Respiratory Reg before welcoming the first patient into the unit.
As the Pandemic subsides and the need for specialist COVID-19 respiratory interventions decreases, over time the unit will provide much needed treatment for lung specific conditions such as COPD, provide specialist oxygen systems, and manage a wide range of respiratory disorders under a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, specialist respiratory nurses, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals.

This unit is a welcome addition to our suite of services to manage a wide range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions in an ambulatory or inpatient setting.