A 630 mile, 57 day walk along the South West Coast path by staff and supporters of Southmead Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to raise funds for a safe garden area for ICU patients and relatives.
The team set off from Minehead on 13th May 2017. Over the following 56 days we have walked 616 miles of extraordinary coastline all the way to Land’s End, Cornwall and back around the south coast.
On the evening of July 7th our team arrived in Worth Matravers, Dorset having spent the day traversing the coast path through the Lulworth Army Firing Range with an Army Warden clearing the path of unexploded ordnance in front of them.
On 8th July we walked the final 14 mile section and finished the entire path at South Haven Point at the entrance to Poole Harbour. We have climbed the equivalent of almost 4 Mount Everests and had well over 180 members of staff, families, friends and ex-patient's and their families out on the walk. All in their own time.
That's got to be worth a small donation
To donate to the Team, please click on 'Give Now' and choose 'TEAM ICU' from the list of all our walkers.
The Challenge will raise funds for 2 charities, the Southmead ICU Charity and the Guy Jordan Memorial Fund. Funds will be directed to projects that are beyond the remit of the NHS but that have a huge impact on the lives of the patients we care for. Southmead ICU Charity supports bereaved families, training, research and equipment on the ICU. The Guy Jordan Memorial Fund raises funds for the pre-hospital, emergency, anaesthesia and critical care services at North Bristol NHS Trust. The fund is in memory of our colleague Dr Guy Jordan, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine who died following a cycling accident in November 2013.
Since the merging of Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals in 2014, Southmead ICU has become one of the busiest intensive care units in the country. With a dedicated team of over 300 staff treating over 2000 critically ill patients each year, Southmead ICU is now the regional specialist critical care centre for neurosurgery, major trauma, renal medicine, plastics, and burns. We are delighted to be achieving some of the best patient survival statistics in the country but are determined to continue striving to develop and improve the care that we deliver for our patients.
The Southmead ICU Coastal Challenge characterizes the teamwork, ambition and endeavor of the Southmead ICU multidisciplinary team. The staff undertook this challenge in their own free time and maintained their exceptional clinical commitment to the ICU throughout.