Northern Hospital's new intensive care unit - A patient's perspective
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Hospitals 09 September 2019

Northern Hospital's new intensive care unit - A patient's perspective

Shaun Carey has been in the Northern Hospital intensive care unit four times over the last 12 months. In this video he describes how he watched the new unit being built.

The new intensive care unit is part of a major $162.7 million expansion designed to meet growing demand in Melbourne's outer north.

Learn more about the Northern Hospital expansion via our dedicated project page.


IMAGES: A man, Shaun Carey, stands in the Northern Hospital's new intensive care unit. He has white facial hair and dark glasses. He looks around at the beds and equipment.

"I’ve been in the ICU four times in the last twelve months.”

IMAGES: Shaun is shown sitting down talking to the camera.

“I was at work and I actually peed blood.”

IMAGES: A tree branch is shown with sunlight filtering through the leaves. Shaun looks pensively into the distance. His hands are gently clasped.

“I went to the doctors – he saw it straight away and said, ‘We need to get a scan done.’”

IMAGES: Shaun is again shown sitting down talking to the camera.

“So they sent it straight to the Northern Hospital.”

IMAGES: Shaun is walking down a hallway in the Northern Hospital. Sunlight comes through the windows and a work of Aboriginal art hangs on the wall. Shaun walks into a reception area and warmly greets a man in a shirt.

“And then they said it was cancer, so we started treatment. The doctors down there were brilliant, and the nurses, the whole ICU unit. It was like a big family – they really care for you.”

IMAGES: A section of the Northern Hospital’s facade is shown against a blue sky. Then a sign is shown with an arrow pointing to the ICU. A hospital bed, a stethoscope and a sunlit hallway in the hospital are shown.

“When I was in the hospital ward I actually watched the new ICU grow from the ground up. The upgrade is unbelievable. I couldn’t be happier for the hospital actually.”

IMAGES: Shaun walks up a set of stairs with a curved, timber bannister. He enters a room full of brand new ICU and a bed on wheels. A staff station is shown with desks, screens and computers. A woman in scrubs sits at one of the computer desks.

“I got shown around and it is just so open, clean, warm. “

IMAGES: An elderly lady in a hospital gown is hooked up to an intensive care machine with a monitor. A nurse wearing purple scrubs and a pink hijab is warmly holding her hands, and an elderly man smiles at them.

“Now each patient has its separate room. It’s about the family as well.”

IMAGES: A family room is shown, including armchairs, a microwave and a desk. “Now they have a lounge where they can go and sit down, make coffees and if they need a bit of a break then they can go there and have that break which is really important, I think.”

IMAGES: A team of staff in blue scrubs walks through a hallway. Once again Shaun is again shown talking to the camera. A close-up of Shaun’s face is shown as he gazes out the window.

"I think the new ICU unit will be a lifesaving experience for anyone that comes up here, and I hope I don’t have to visit, but if I do, it’ll be good."

IMAGES: A white screen with text that says ‘In partnership with Northern Health’. The next screen is blue with text that says: ‘Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority, Victorian State Government,’.

The next screen is black with text that says: ‘Authorised by the Department of Health and Human Services 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Spoken by A. Cross’.

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Last updated: 09 September 2019