These files have evolved in recognition of the importance of supporting you through this difficult time of having your loved one within the Critical Care department (CC).
All patients within CC have a nurse at their bedside throughout the day and night. The nurse is a registered nurse and has had further training, or is undergoing the training, in Critical Care Nursing. Experienced nurses support those nurses who are undergoing their Critical Care training.
If, at any time, you need to discuss the care your relative is receiving, or you are uncertain about anything regarding your relative’s condition, you can arrange to discuss this with a Consultant.
These files are not meant as a substitute for information, but as a general introduction to different aspects of Critical Care that you may come across during your period here.
Copies of all topics covered in these files are available should you want one. The nurse at your relative’s bedside will arrange this for you.
We hope to continue to add to these files and if there were anything in particular you would like to see included, please let us know. Alternatively, give your suggestions to our ward receptionists.