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“Our Intensive Care Unit needs you …”

Prefessor John Botha

It’s fair to say that the past year has challenged all of us in a way we could never fathom. One of the important learnings of the pandemic is that preparation is key to coping with any crisis.

And here on the Peninsula, we face particularly unique challenges.

As you are aware, Peninsula Health is uniquely located, as we are one of the furthest metro regions from large centres such as The Alfred Hospital. This implies we have to be self-sufficient, with the ability to manage complex patients.

At the time of crisis, our frontline healthcare workers are providing more than just medical care. Working together as they faced the unknown, their professionalism and commitment in serving the community makes us one of the luckiest communities in our state.

We need your support to continue serving the community.

Our team has spent decades preparing for managing large numbers of sick patients. We trained more staff in critical care, we set up a plan B for our team to manage fatigue, we educated ourselves in the latest techniques to manage new presentations of large numbers of critically ill patients.

Despite all these preparations, the pandemic has shown us there’s more we can do.

When faced with the situation of having a loved one in Intensive Care, having the best facilities and world class equipment can help provide the reassurance to a family in their time of crisis.

Your donation can help us treat the most complex patients right here on the Peninsula.  We are looking to the future, and I want to call on you to invest locally, in world-class facilities.

As the number of holiday makers and local residents increase, we are working hard to meet the needs of all who require care in our community.

I want you to know that we have a very good intensive care unit at Peninsula Health. We have staff who have made substantial contributions to the science of intensive care. We publish extensively so that we may deliver the best possible care to patients on the Peninsula.

With your help, we can provide our community with the state-of-the-art facilities for patients requiring critical care.

With your support, we can be prepared for the future needs of our community.

Professor John Botha

Director, Intensive Care