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Burton's Intensive Care team commended for unwavering dedication during pandemic and recent refurbishment works

Burton's ICU being presented with the CEO Award by Gavin Boyle

The team in Queen’s Hospital Burton’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been presented with the latest Chief Executive’s Award for their “exceptionally high standard of care and compassion” during the pandemic and extensive recent renovation works in the department.

During the last two years, the team has helped to care for patients who have become acutely unwell, including those who had contracted Covid-19, all while their ‘Pod B’ area underwent £5m of refurbishment works which were completed at the end of 2021.

‘Pod B’ has been expanded from 10 to 14 beds with the inclusion of two additional isolation units which allows patients carrying infectious diseases, such as Covid-19, to be effectively isolated to reduce the spread of infection.

New equipment, such as monitors, has also been installed, with each patient bay also having sufficient space to allow for effective rehab as well as television to improve patient experience.

Get the full story on the recent refurbishment works in Queen's Hospital Burton's ICU > 

The nomination heaped praise on the ICU and stated: “The pressures and challenges of the pandemic, especially within Intensive Care, are well documented, but on top of this the team at had to work in a unit that has had extensive building work going on. While the work is very necessary and the improved facilities will only add to the quality of care that is offered, the noise and disruption has affected their working environment considerably.

The new-look 'Pod B' at Queen's Hospital Burton's ICU following a £5 million refurbishment“And yet, despite this, they have continued to give of their very best every day. As a team, they have adapted to each new change as the building work has progressed and that has required great resilience and patience. Throughout they have continued to work together to ensure patient care has not been affected and they have remained warm, welcoming and helpful to visitors to their ward.” 

Presenting them with their award, Chief Executive Gavin Boyle said: “I remember coming over to ICU here in Burton shortly after the Derby and Burton trusts merged in 2018 and colleagues telling me the need for these renovation works, so it feels apt that in my final week at the Trust, I’m stood here presenting you with this award in the newly refurbished area.

“When you think about the impact of Covid-19 on our services, particularly in ICU, what you have done while continuing with this work in the department is nothing short of incredible.”

Dr Paul Smith, Intensive Care Consultant, said: “Covid has presented us with many challenges but has also given us lots of things to work with and through. This renovation was much needed and this award is greatly appreciated.”

If you would like to nominate a colleague or team for a Monthly Making a Difference Award, please let us know.

There are four monthly Making a Difference Awards categories:

  • Chief Executive Award – chosen by our Chief Executive
  • Patient Hero Award – nominated by patients
  • Team UHDB Award – you can nominate your team or another team
  • Excellent Employee Award – you can nominate your colleagues

You can send a 300 word nomination, along with the name of the team or individual, their job title and where they work, to: uhdb.employeeawards@nhs.net.