Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

How long will my relative need to be on ICU?

Last updated: 27 November 2019

The course of critical illness is unpredictable and your relative's condition may fluctuate widely. Staff will keep you informed of all important changes. The outcome of serious illness and the effectiveness of the treatments we use can often be uncertain as each person responds differently. Some of our patients will only require very short stays with us (less than 24 hours) whilst others may require several weeks or even months of intensive care treatment.

Some patients do not respond as we would hope so that despite our best efforts, sadly, about a fifth of patients will not survive their illness. When it is clear that recovery is impossible and that continuing treatment is not in the best interests of the patient, a consultant will discuss this with you. At this point, after careful discussion with other specialist colleagues, we may decide to refocus treatment and ensure your loved one remains comfortable and is allowed to die with dignity.

While we recognise the need to feel there is always hope, we seek to provide realistic and honest information about your relative's condition and progess in a way which you will understand. As long as there is a chance of survival with a good quality of life we will continue to support your relative with the necessary treatments and care to aid their recovery.

 

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