Inside Forth Valley Royal Hospital ICU

It is almost a year since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Scotland on March 1, 2020.

Saturday, 13th February 2021, 4:34 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th February 2021, 5:04 pm
Forth Valley Royal Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Heather Riddoch, ICU Senior Charge Nurse.

But in the weeks and months since then life has changed dramatically and sadly, many have lost their lives during the pandemic.

However, hundreds more have been saved by the dedication of the NHS staff who have nursed them back to health.

Last week our photographer Michael Gillen was given access to the Larbert hospital’s Intensive Care Unit to capture the treatment being given to patients with Covid-19 by staff whose care and compassion is in abundance despite nearly a year tackling the pandemic. The increased emotional toll is having an effect on the staff as the third wave of the virus sees younger patients being admitted to ICU.

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Dr Fiona Mcilveney, Clinical Lead ICU.
Richard Linning 35 from Stenhousemuir.
Heather Riddoch, Senior Charge Nurse and Richard Linning 35 from Stenhousemuir.
Heather Riddoch, Senior Charge Nurse ICU and Richard Linning 35 from Stenhousemuir.
Nurse on ICU.
Michelle Coles, ICU Team Leader.
Michelle Coles, ICU Team Leader.
Michelle Coles, ICU Team Leader.
Michelle Coles, ICU Team Leader.
Ralph Rindfleisch 71 from Tullibody.
Ralph Rindfleisch 71 from Tullibody.
Staff on ICU.
Staff on ICU.
Staff on ICU.
Staff caring for a patients.
Richard Linning 35 from Stenhousemuir.
Tia Campbell, ICU Staff Nurse.
Staff on ICU in PPE.
Dr Fiona Mcilveney, Clinical Lead for ICU.
Heather Riddoch, Senior Charge Nurse ICU after less than two hours wearing facemask.