Follow up service

Critical Care Unit

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:

  • Weakness
  • Mobility problems
  • Joint problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Scar problems
  • Sleep problems.

Some patients experience psychological problems such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • 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.

Support

Patients seen in the Critical Care follow-up clinic are offered a range of support to help with these problems.

Sometimes patients and their families just want to talk about their experiences, ask questions about their illness and recovery, and find out more about what happened to them.

We offer support from experts who understand what the patients and their families have been through, and provide a point of contact during recovery and in the months that follow.

Patients and their relatives will be seen by a Critical Care consultant, nurse and physiotherapist and may also be seen by a clinical psychologist, depending on their need.

We are able to offer patients and their relatives a structured visit back to the ICU, which often helps them come to terms with what happened during the period of critical illness.

Clinics are held twice a month on a Thursday morning in the physiotherapy department at the main Bexhill Hospital.

For patients who cannot or do not wish to attend clinic in person, it is sometimes possible to schedule a follow-up telephone discussion.

We are very pleased and proud to be able to offer ex-critical care patients access to our rehabilitation physiotherapy team and gym at Bexhill. This facility is one of very few in the country so once again we are leading the way in helping our ex patients recover from their critical illness. Ex-patients from both Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH attend the gym and have found it invaluable in helping them get back confidence and strength.

The physical rehabilitation gym runs every week and the decision to attend is optional. It is exclusively for ex-ITU patients and a personal programme is arranged by the physiotherapist.

Award

In 2016 we received the Trust award for an Innovative Service Improvement for which we received £500. We have since purcashed a step up machine and several pieces of equipment to improve the experience for ex-patients.

We provide this service at

Conquest Hospital

The Ridge, St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7RD
(01424) 755255

Eastbourne District General Hospital

Kings Drive, Eastbourne
East Sussex, BN21 2UD
(01323) 417400