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First patient visits Critical Care follow-up clinic
12 October 2017

A follow up clinic to help former critical care patients with their recovery has launched at our hospital.

The Critical Care Follow Up Clinics offers patients that were on a ventilator in Critical Care for more than four days, appointments at two, six and 12 months after their discharge.

Patients can experience any of a number of symptoms following their stay on the Critical Care Unit, including post-traumatic stress disorder, mobility issues, or problems eating or sleeping.

The first monthly clinic was held in September and patient Valerie Pitchers was the first patient to attend. Each clinic is run by a critical care consultant and an outreach nurse. GPs can also refer appropriate patients to the clinic.

Critical Care lead nurse, Roz Yale, said: “We are very excited about the launch of the new Critical Care Follow-up Clinic and this valuable opportunity to meet our patients again and improve their journey of recovery.
“The transition for the patient from the Critical Care Unit (CCU) to a ward and then, from a ward to home, can be underestimated.

“It can be very challenging for them emotionally and psychologically and this service is helpful on their road to recovery. The clinic can also be very helpful to family members and people close to the patient too.”

NICE guidelines recommend that CCU patients should be offered such a service.

Pictured are, back row: Nikki Benmore (Practice Educator, Critical Care Outreach Team), Roz Yale (Lead nurse, Critical Care Services). Front row: Lynn Bolton (Radiographer and Valerie Pitchers' daughter), Valerie Pitchers, Dr Paul Carroll (Consultant Intensivist).