Current appeal – Intensive Care Unit

We are excited to share with you our plans to build a new Intensive Care Unit at The Bays Hospital.  Our purpose-built, six bed Intensive Care Unit will become the heart of our hospital, capable of providing complex, multi-system life support, mechanical ventilation, extracorporeal renal support (dialysis) services and invasive cardiovascular monitoring.

Until our purpose-built Unit opens in April 2019, we have upgraded the capabilities of our existing High Dependency Unit to offer a higher level of care. With this upgrade, patients are guaranteed immediate access to intensive care specialists, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which will reduce the need for patients to be transferred away from Mornington.

Families won’t have to travel as far to visit their loved ones in hospital and can rest easy knowing that there are more extensive intensive care services available at their local hospital. As the Mornington Peninsula community continues to grow, so too must the services that support our community, not least of which is our community managed hospital. Our intensive care level service is now similar to what would be found in a major metropolitan Intensive Care Unit.  We need the help of you, our Community Members to help us raise vital funds so we can purchase life saving equipment for our new service sooner!

As a charitable hospital, operating on a completely not-for-profit basis, donations assist us to ensure we keep at the forefront and our patients have access to the most sophisticated medical equipment. We operate in a complex and constantly changing sector where investment in technology and innovation is critical to providing the most effective healthcare available.

These advances, along with the need to continually upgrade and invest in our facilities is costly and is why we ask the community to support our services.  By working as one,  The Bays will go from strength to strength, taking advantage of the exciting opportunities that advances in medical care will bring.

Please consider making a tax deductible donation that will help us equip our Intensive Care Unit with the very latest, most advanced equipment.

Intensive Care Unit Equipment Wish list

Item Unit Cost Description
Patient Ventilators $49,000 A state-of-the-art life support machine to help patients breathe. Every patient admitted to the Critical Care Unit may need a ventilator – if they are too unwell to breathe, this machine will do it for them. Ventilators conduct hundreds of calculations every five milliseconds and adapts to the patient’s needs, so they get the flow and volume of oxygen they need, when they need it.
Critical Care Beds $35,000 To assist with recovery and transport of a patient. These beds are the most complex beds used in healthcare and support the many and  varied treatments being delivered. Critically-ill patients are often immobilised for days and these beds assist to maintain comfort and prevent pressure injuries.
Ultrasound Unit $90,000 A safe and effective mobile ultrasound machine for fast diagnosis. High resolution imaging and sophisticated algorithms will help our Critical Care team make decisions and guide us on procedures.
Temporary Pacemaker $6,929 Temporary cardiac pacing helps the heartbeat get back to a normal pace if it has been temporarily out of rhythm. Temporary cardiac pacing can be used for days or weeks, until the heartbeat returns to a normal rhythm or the patient is well enough to have a permanent pacemaker inserted inside their chest.
Patient Monitors $15,000 Patient monitors are essential in quickly identifying a patient’s condition.  The machines monitor patients’ vital signs ensuring that each patient is in the safest possible environment.
Infusion Pumps $2,500 To deliver fluids into the body in a controlled manner. Infusion pumps are capable of delivering fluids in large or small amounts, and are used to deliver nutrients or medications – such as insulin or other hormones, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and pain relievers.