The first patient has been discharged from Baird Ward at Conquest Hospital following his successful treatment for Covid-19 using CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure – a type of non-invasive ventilation to help treat patients with types of respiratory failure.
Jon McMullon was successfully treated on Baird Ward and his discharge has been greeted with delight on the Ward.
Mollie Taylor, Sister on Baird Ward said: “Mr McMullon was so grateful for our care and was reduced to tears when saying his thank yous and goodbyes, he insisted on having a photo ‘with the team who saved his life’.
“We are extremely proud that we have recently taken on a Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) service on Baird Ward in the past year to help treat patients with types of respiratory failure. All staff have undergone extra training to ensure we are competent and confident to provide this service, supported by our excellent Consultants and Specialist Respiratory Nurses.
“We had luckily trained all staff members for this prior to the Covid pandemic, as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP, which is a type of Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV), was found to be a form of treatment for some patients with Covid who were appropriate for it.
“The original idea of bringing NIV onto Baird Ward was to help alleviate the pressure on the Critical Care Unit and free up critical care beds. In doing this, we have become a specialist ward for NIV for patients with respiratory conditions.”