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Staff

There are a number of hospital staff who may be involved in your care after transfer to the general wards. Patients often see so many different people that it can be difficult to work out or remember who's who and what they do. In this section, we've provided information on the various staff you might see, the type of help they can offer, and what to expect in the various tests or assessments they might ask you to do.

 

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Article: ICU follow up services (outreach or liaison)

What is Intensive Care follow up? Follow up basically involves Intensive Care staff seeing patients after they've been transferred to the general wards or, more commonly, at an out-patient clinic after they've gone home.Follow up is also sometimes known as "outreach". Do all Intensive Care Units follow up their patients? **No. Some Intensive Care Units have staff who are able see patients after Intensive Care and some don't**.If the Intensive Care Unit is...

Article: Nurses

On each ward there are experienced nurses who are responsible for the safe running of the ward you are staying on. A team of trained nurses and healthcare support workers will also care for you during your hospital stay and one named nurse will be responsible for planning and co-ordinating your care. She / he will hand over your care when off duty to another trained nurse. The Charge Nurses have overall responsibility for the wards or areas and welcome comments on the care you are...

Article: Occupational Therapist

What does an Occupational Therapist do? The Occupational Therapist (or OT) works very closely with the other members of ward staff to make sure that you will be able to look after yourself when you go home. This might include assessments to see if you are able to do everyday things like washing and dressing,cooking, housework and shopping.They will also help make sure that you have all the help you need when you get home, including arranging for you to have equipment, support services or...

Article: Pharmacist

The pharmacy team includes clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and sometimes pharmacy assistants.One of their key roles is to make sure that the medications you are taking are as safe as possible (e.g. in terms of the dose, the way it's given, how often it's given, if there are any side effects, or if any of the drugs you're taking interact with one another) and tailored to your individual needs.They will be able to answer any questions you might have about your...

Article: Physiotherapist

What does a physiotherapist do on the ward? Physiotherapy has a very important role in recovery and rehabilitation after Intensive Care. The physiotherapist works very closely with all the other members of the ward staff to make sure that you are recovered enough to cope at home. The two main things that the physiotherapist can help with are breathing exercises and mobility (eg walking). Why might I need to see a physiotherapist after Intensive Care? Some patients still require oxygen...

Article: Speech and Language Therapist

What does a Speech and Language Therapist do? Speech and Language Therapists are trained in assessing and treating swallowing and communication problems. Why might I need to see a Speech and Language Therapist during or after Intensive Care? It is not uncommon for patients who have spent time on a ventilator or breathing machine to develop short term problems with swallowing or with their voice. Temporary changes to the sound and strength of the voice can occur, with it...