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Looking after patients in Intensive Care is all about teamwork. The team involves doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, pharmacists, radiographers, microbiologists, chaplaincy and many others.Click on one of the buttons above to find out more about who they are and what they do....


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Article: Dietitian

What does a dietitian do on the wards? The Dietitian works closely with the ward staff to make sure that you are able to take in enough nutrition to support your recovery. This might involve things like checking your weight and what you are eating, arranging for you to have additional snacks or supplements (usually high calorie or protein drinks) and giving advice on the types of things you should eat after you go home. Some patients continue to need nutritional support through a...

Web Link: Letter from an ICU nurse

This link will take you to an online article that was recently posted by an American Intensive Care nurse. In it, she writes an open letter to family members, explaining why we might sometimes appear distant, and why you might sometimes hear us laugh or crack a joke at what seems like the most inappropriate of times. We are sorry if this feels disrespectful to you at such a difficult time. We hope that this letter gives some insight into what's going on behind the scenes.

Article: Occupational Therapy in ICU

Occupational Therapists play an important role in many Intensive Care Units. They make an important contribution to rehabilitation on and after the ICU.  

Document: Physiotherapy and recovery from Intensive Care.pdf

This booket provides information about physiotherapy and exercise during and after a stay in Intensive Care.

Article: Spiritual care

Members of the Spiritual Care Team are normally available during normal office hours and can be contacted for urgent and out of hours support through an on-call system. They offer confidential, non-judgemental support to patients and families, whatever their beliefs or life situations. If you wouild like to be visited by someone from your own faith or belief group, please let the staff know.      

External Video: Spiritual support in Intensive Care

In this video,Iain Telfer draws on his many years' experience as a Chaplain in Intensive Care. He talks about the benefits of having someone to share your innermost worries about, regardless of faith or religion. He also talks about his role, when needed, as a "go between" with the doctors and nurses and with individuals from other faiths or religions. Chaplaincy can continue to offer spriritual support once the patient has been transferrd to the general ward.

External Video: Spiritual support: when someone dies

In this video, Iain Telfer draws upon his many years' experience as a Chaplain in Intensive Care. He talks about the range of emotions people can go through when a loved one is dying or has died in Intensive Care and the type of support that can be offered, regardless of faith or religion.