The Critical Care Follow up service is available to all ex-critical care patients who need it.
We aim to support patients and relatives in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the high-dependency unit (HDU), on the ward, and after discharge from hospital.While many patients make a good recovery following critical illness, some experience ongoing problems.
These can include physical problems such as:
- Mobility problems
- Joint problems
- Breathing problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Scar problems
- Sleep problems.
Some patients experience psychological problems such as:
- Post-traumatic stress
- Nightmares and flashbacks
- Problems with memory, concentration and tasks.
These problems can impact on employment and return to work, school or study; finances and income; personal relationships and other social interactions.