March 27, 2019

Minister for Health opens new ICU

This morning, the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, The Hon. Jenny Mikakos, officially opened Northern Hospital’s new Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Welcomed by Northern Health Chair Jennifer Williams and Chief Executive Siva Sivarajah, the Minister toured the facilities with local MPs, whilst discussing the benefits the new ICU will bring to the northern community, patients and their families.

Minister Jenny Mikakos, said, “our hard-working doctors and nurses at Northern Health do an amazing job caring for people who need their help. We’re completing a once-in-a-generation redevelopment so they can do what they do best.”

59 year old former ICU patient, Shaun Carey, attended the opening and couldn’t speak highly enough of the ICU staff and the treatment he received during his many stays in the unit.

“If it wasn’t for the staff, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.

“During my journey, I spent more months’ in hospital than at home. The doctors and nurses in ICU were amazing – very helpful and caring not only for me, but for my family as well.”

“Both myself and my wife couldn’t be any more thankful for all the care we have been given – they are the best and surely made our journey a lot easier.”

The Hon. Jenny Mikakos added, “for Shaun to speak so positively about the empathy, care and compassion he received from the staff, is really a credit to everyone here. It’s fantastic to see Shaun here today – a picture of good health.”

Northern Health staff with Jenny Mikakos


Former ICU Patient, Shaun Carey, speaking about his experiences