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Families' page

In this section, we've provided some general advice and information on some of the questions you might have after your family member has been transferred to the ward, and some of the ways in which you will be able to help with their recovery and preparation for disharge home.

 

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Web Link: A family member's story

This link will take you to the webpage of NHS South Tees, and to Diane Bousfield's experiences of caring for her husband Tony. Tony spent many months in ICU, with a complex neurological (brain) illness. Diane has written a series of detailed and compelling poems and books about her experiences. She has very kindly given permission for them to be shared here.

Web Link: Age Scotland (advice for carers)

This link will take you to the Age Scotland website.They provide a fantastic range of information and advice on many different issues such as housing, legal issues, saving money on your energy bills, eating well and common health conditions. Much of this is available in free leaflets that you can download or print off. Part of their services include an Information and Advice team. Their staff and volunteers specialise in answering enquiries from older people, their carers and...

Web Link: Alcohol and recovery: where to get help

Alcohol is a major health issue in Scotland. Research has shown that around a quarter of admissions to Intensive Care are alcohol-related.If you're worried about how much you, or a person you care about drinks, there is plenty of help available. This link will take you to the website of Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol. They offer information, advice, a helpline and local support groups for individuals and their family members.

Web Link: Alcohol Liaison Nurses

Alcohol is a major health issue in Scotland. Research has shown that around a quarter of admissions to Intensive Care are alcohol-related.If you're worried about how much you, or a person you care about drinks, there is plenty of help available. Ask the nurses or doctors if you can speak to the Alcohol Liaison service.They offer information and advice, and can help with short-term withdrawal, if needed.This link will take you to Edinburgh City's website and their page on the...

Web Link: Bereavement support for children

We're very sorry for your loss. This link will take you to the website of childbereavement uk. They are a UK-wide organisation who can help support families with children and young adults, when there is a death in the family. They provide a free confidential Helpline, staffed by trained professionals, face-to-face support (in some areas), and helpful leaflets that you can download or print off. Please see their website to find out more.

Article: Carer support (hospital discharge services)

This service is available to carers of people admitted to an NHS Lothian hospital.Carer support workers in hospital can help you to get involved in planning support for the person you care about, for when they leave hospital (discharge planning). You can use this service if you or the person you care for is aged 18 years or over.They can help you: work with staff to decide what support will be arranged for the person you care about when they leave hospital decide what support you...

Web Link: Carers Allowance factsheet

This link will take you to the Carers UK website.There is a really useful, recently updated factsheet about carers' allowance that you can read or print off.

Web Link: Citizens Advice (Scotland)

This link will take you to the Citizens Advice Bureau. They can provide information and advice on a wide range of money, legal and health issues including: Money & debt Benefits Employment Housing Family problems Health Services Legal rights & responsibilities For advice in Scotland, go to https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/ For advice in England, go to https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ For advice in Northern Ireland, go to...

Article: Eating: what can I do to help?

Common problems with eating after Intensive Care Patients often lose weight during their time in Intensive Care. Patients who spend a long time in Intensive Care can lose a lot of weight, sometimes up to 20% of their weight from when they were first admitted. There are a number of problems with eating which are common after Intensive Care. They include things like poor appetite, food not tasting quite as it should (with either a metallic or salty taste), feeling full quickly and...

External Video: George's experience of ward care

In this video, George talks about his experiences of care on the wards after Intensive Care. He also talks about his experiences of discharge planning.