The critical care follow-up clinic
Unfortunately many survivors of critical illness face a long and difficult recovery period. Physical and psychological problems,such as nightmares, anxiety and panic attacks are very common.
If you have spent more than two-three days on Critical Care, you will be sent a letter inviting you to attend the follow-up clinic. The letter will be sent to you approximately two - three months after you have left Critical Care. Research has shown that a significant number of people who have had a critical illness may benefit from attending a follow-up appointment.
The Clinic will provide you and your family or carer with an opportunity to discuss your experience with us and we will hopefully be able to answer any questions that you have about your illness or hospital stay. It also offers us an opportunity to check that you are continuing to make good progress with your physical and psychological recovery. Lastly it allows us to learn from you and your family, which in turn, will help us to continue to improve the care we provide for future patients and their relatives.
We understand the road to recovery is often a long and emotionally difficult journey. We also recognise that the journey for the patient and their family and friends is very different. The follow-up clinic provides an opportunity to better understand the challenges involved in these separate but related journeys.