Harrogate Intensive Care Team become Total Warriors

Harrogate Intensive Care Team become Total Warriors

Published at 6:01am 23rd June 2017.

More than 50 members of Harrogate District Hospital's Intensive Care Team are taking on the Total Warrior challenge at Bramham Park this weekend.

Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, healthcare assistants and pharmacists have joined forces to raise much-needed money for the unit which treats critically ill patients.

The unit was recently rated as 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, but staff say there is always more that can be done to improve the quality of their patients' experience.

They are aiming to raise £10,000 towards audio-visual equipment to help stimulate patients during their prolonged rehabilitation.

Harrogate District Hospital intensive care unit

One of the rooms in Harrogate District Hospital's Intensive Care Unit

Eve Geldart, Intensive Care Sister, said: "Our dream is for every patient to have access to appropriately designed audio-visual equipment, helping to transform their intensive care experience.

"Many of our patients require prolonged periods of rehabilitation, sometimes into the months. Sadly many of our rooms have no views and, during busy periods, can be noisy.

"We do not have enough equipment to guarantee that every patient can even listen to the radio. Audio-visual equipment can restore some sort of normality, help patients relax, connect them with loved ones and aid communication."

Their gruelling Total Warrior challenge involves 12km of mud, ice waters, electricity, fire and other punishing obstacles, and will take a huge team effort to make sure that everyone gets around the course.

More information at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HarrogateIntensiveCare