New state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit for Torbay hospital

(Last Updated On: May 20, 2015)

As part of exciting plans to provide a brand new, state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit, the current main entrance at Torbay Hospital is closing from Tuesday 26 May 2015.

From this date, the temporary main entrance to the hospital will be via level two outpatients.

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital, is undertaking a £14.5m project to deliver a brand new, state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit (CCU), dedicated facilities for relatives, as well as a warm and inviting new main entrance with a café, a shop and additional public amenities. 


Artists impression of the finished project

The temporary relocation of the hospital’s main entrance will be for the duration of the building project. It is expected that the CCU and main entrance project will be completed by late 2016. 

This major investment project will deliver a 14-bed CCU that will have all the associated technology and equipment required to provide a modern, patient focused environment.

There will also be dedicated facilities for relatives to recognise the emotional effect on families and friends. This will transform the delivery of care for patients, visitors and staff.

In addition, a warm and inviting new main entrance is also being built with pleasant waiting and café areas, a shop and additional public amenities. There will also be a new health and wellbeing zone offering the opportunity for advice, support and carer liaison services. 

Mairead McAlinden, Chief Executive of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are committed to investing in the best possible care for our patients, visitors and staff.

“The hospital’s current 10-bed Critical Care Unit is now nearly 30 years old and, whilst the unit supports our patients to a high standard, it’s now time to enhance these facilities and ensure they are fit for the future. The new CCU will provide many benefits to our patients including increased capacity, improved patient privacy and dignity, ample space for visitors, improved patient observation and the provision of natural light to all the bed spaces.

“I would like to apologise for any inconvenience you may experience during this time and thank you for your understanding while we work towards building a healthier future for our patients, visitors and staff.”

The hospital’s invaluable League of Friends is supporting the Trust and local patients with an appeal to raise £1.6 million to fund the new CCU with the latest high-tech equipment. Please look out for information on the League’s ‘This is Critical’ appeal. More information can be found on the League’s

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