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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

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Our JCI / VHI accredited Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Beacon Hospital provides dedicated, advanced specialised care to critically ill patients with various medical and surgical conditions requiring specialist medical / nursing intervention and/or close monitoring. It is an 8 bedded unit in which all patients are cared for in single isolation rooms.

The ICU services is run jointly with the High Dependency Unit (HDU) and the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) lead by a highly motivated and dynamic team of Consultant Intensivists / Anaesthetists, critical care nurses, Physiotherapists, Pharmacists, Dietitians, 24 hour Anesthetic Registrar, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist in conjunction with the primary admitting team.

The Intensive Care Unit also has an extensive range of support teams which include IT, Engineering, House Keeping, Infection Control, Catering, Laboratories and Bio Medicine which contributes daily to the smooth and efficient running of the unit.

For patient’s relatives there is a waiting area provided with an additional family room available with access to a tv and bathroom facilities.

The patients in our Intensive Care Unit have 24 hour access to state of the art non-invasive and advanced mechanical ventilation, continuous haemodynamic monitoring systems, renal replacement therapy, efficient radiology department, an enhanced recovery programme for thoracic cases and if required referrals to Consultants from a range of medical and surgical fields.

The unit uses modern technology in our electronic documentation system allowing remote access which improves clinical documentation recording and daily workflow. The Intensive Care Unit has a full time data analyst / facilitator providing continuous professional development.

Clinical Nurse Managers: Anne Brady / Sandra Spain
Data Analyst / Clinical Facilitator: Deirdre Halford

Critical Care Partners – Anaesthetist / Intensivist

  • Dr Stephen Frohlich
  • Dr Noelle Murphy
  • Dr Carl Fagan
  • Dr Daniel Collins

Clinical coordinators

  • Heather Lane
  • Catherine O Connor
  • Thuli Mthombeni
  • Aoife Merrigan
  • Martina Mahon
  • Sheerin Varghese

General Medicine / Respiratory Medicine: Dr Seamus Linnane

Physiotherapist: Jane Dickson

Dietitian: Christine Monroe

Pharmacist: Keira Hall

Speech and Language Therapist: Kerri McCarthy

Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Nursing

  • Visiting Times: 10.00-13.00 and 15.00-21.00
  • In order to facilitate confidentiality and safe hand over to the night staff visiting is curtailed from 1900-1930 approx.
  • Special visiting arrangements can be accommodated if discussed in advance with the nursing team
  • Visiting is limited to immediate family members or very close friends – there should be no more than 2 visitors at the bedside at one time.
  • You may be asked to leave ICU if the patient requires any intervention by nursing or medical staff
  • Fresh flowers are not permitted
  • No children under 16 permitted to visit without prior discussion and agreement
  • Information will be provided to the documented next of kin with limited information provided over the phone
  • We adhere to strict infection control policies and visitors will be instructed on their arrival on what to do

In the case of a patient referral / transfer please contact Ann Brady or Sandra Spain on the below number and arrangements will be made accordingly

Contact number: 087 2269453

ALERT™ Outreach & Training

The ICU provide an outreach programme to the whole hospital for patients who are at risk of deteriorating. We use the ALERT™ model which stands for Acute Life-Threatening Events Recognition and Treatment. ALERT™ uses a structured and prioritized system of patient assessment and management to enable a pre-emptive approach to critical illness. It instructs staff in the recognition of impending clinical deterioration, the management of disordered physiology and other aspects of the delivery of acute care.
We have documented evidence that suggests that an increase in the number of ALERT’s called for the deteriorating (or at risk of deteriorating) patient, reduces the number of Code Blue calls in the hospital.
We have a dedicated number of staff trained to deliver this comprehensive course to all clinical staff in the hospital. We also offer this course to health care professionals outside of the hospital.

“My nurses described the ALERT course as very useful, informative and a must do course”
(Recent feedback from another hospital who attended the course.)

The Code Blue Team is comprised of the Aesthetic Registrar, ICU nurse, Medical Registrar and Nursing Supervisor. We respond to all calls whether it is for a collapsed patient, respiratory and or cardiac arrest. We have a code blue committee that analyses each code call in the hospital. Four ICU staff members sit on the code blue committee and are responsible for providing education and recommendations to the hospital as per the American Heart Association guidelines. Data is collected quarterly and fed back to the Quality Improvement Committee.

Staff Testimonial

Deirdre Halford Clinic Facilitator and Clinical Analyst joined the Beacon Hospital team as an
enthusiastic new starter to ICU in 2006 with minimal experience. Her previous roles consisted of medical assessment and general medical / surgical ward based nursing in the UK, Australia and Ireland.

Deirdre was involved in the initial set up of the ICU. She was mentored by the experienced staff, Anne Brady, Sandra Spain and Yvonne Dunne, who continue to work here today. Here is an account of her experience to date:

“I was very fortunate to have been provided with the opportunity, by the Beacon Hospital to further my education and progress my career. When I began in 2006 I held a diploma in nursing. In 2008 I commenced my BSc Degree followed in 2010 by a PGD in critical Care Nursing. In 2013 I completed an MSc in Nursing. With the continued support of the ICU managers and the hospital management I proudly completed a Graduate Certificate in healthcare education, this allowed me to register as a nurse tutor with the nursing board in Ireland (NMBI) in 2016.

I was delighted to have progressed from my position of Staff Nurse to Clinical Facilitator and this was made possible through the ongoing support of Beacon Hospital, which was both financial and study leave.

My current role in the Beacon Hospital is split between Clinical Facilitator and clinical analyst for a clinical information system (centricity Critical Care) in the ICU. I really enjoy the diversity of both these roles. I have a passion for education and have enjoyed incorporating this into both my roles, through mentoring and adapting new staff and up skilling current staff. I am also very involved with the JCI accreditation and take an active role in quality and patient safety.

One of the benefits to working in the Beacon for over 11 years is, I have seen the growth since it’s infancy and take pride in the development of the hospital. I have met and worked with some great people who I established a true friendship with. I am aware of how I have matured as a nurse and individual and been nurtured by my colleagues at the Beacon.”

As well as working in a state of the art unit providing advanced specialise care and clinical excellence, we offer all of our employees access to a range of benefits:

  • Competitive pay
  • Continuous professional development – providing study leave and financial support
  • Conferences
  • Welcome bonus
  • Adaptation programmes

Contact Information

If you have any queries or to speak with a member of the ICU team please call:

Phone:(01) 2936695 or (01) 2936065

Referrals & Transfers

In the case of a patient referral / transfer please contact Ann Brady or Sandra Spain on the below number and arrangements will be made accordingly

Contact number: 087 2269453