Mechanical Ventialtion

At The Priory Highbank Centre we accept both children and adults requiring mechanical ventilation via tracheostomy. In addition to our nurses being ventilator trained, a number of our Health Care Assistants have also been trained. For the staff to become ventilator competent, they need to go through a rigorous training programme based on national guidance.

Mechanical ventilation is defined as mechanically supporting the work of breathing when a person canHighbank Mechanical Ventilation no longer breathe sufficiently to allow adequate gas exchange, to meet the body’s demands. Ventilators work with the same principles of normal respiration by either pushing or drawing air into and out of lungs.

What is it used for?

There are many reasons why a patient may require mechanical ventilation:

Short term

  • Post injury to face, head and/or neck
  • During surgery under general anaesthetic
  • Severe chest infection

  • Long term

  • Severe brain injury
  • Spinal cord injuries (C3 and higher)
  • Neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis
  • Congenital Myophathies

  • Below is an example of how The Priory Highbank Centre can support someone requiring 24 hour mechanical ventilation. Please click on the icon to read:
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    How to make a referral

    Referrals are accepted from all NHS services including ITU, Trauma Units, adult and children wards, local authorities, private medical insurers and solicitors. The onsite team will be happy to discuss funding options and arrangements. Admission is following a comprehensive assessment by the interdisciplinary team and subject to agreement by the relevant funding authority.

    To make a referral or for enquiries and further information, please call us on 01706 283 304 or email