Sto­ries from ICU

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Books - By CAITLIN TILLER

AF­TER 30 years of head­ing Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal’s In­ten­sive Care Unit (ICU), Ge­off Clarke has some sto­ries to tell.

Dr Clarke re­cently re­leased a 300-page book re­veal­ing some of his ex­pe­ri­ences in the ICU, which he said is both hu­mor­ous and sad.

“We had this young lad (15) who had Guil­lain-Barre, which can cause paral­y­sis, and he was a really big Ron­nie Cor­bett fan,” he said.

“One of the nurses or­gan­ised a per­for­mance with Ron­nie Cor­bett on the ward and (Cor­bett) didn’t want public­ity. He was a great guy and he was so ner­vous; he was wor­ried it might be an anti-cli­max for the boy but it wasn’t at all. “It bucked up the whole unit.” Dr Clarke said he had worked with some in­cred­i­ble nurses and health pro­fes­sion­als.

He hoped A History of the In­ten­sive Care Unit within the fam­ily of Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal would make read­ers re­alise ICU staff were peo­ple just like them.

“Some­one told me if they saw it on a shelf they would pass it by, think­ing it was full of sta­tis­tics but it’s not like that at all,” he said.

Clin­i­cal nurse Ann-Marie Bje­lanovic, Dr Ge­off Clarke and reg­is­tered nurse Lisa Bea­han.

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