After Critical Care - Patient Support Group

Helen Willott is a previous patient of our critical care unit.  Her experiences in the unit have motivated her to set up a patient support group.  With the help of one of our sisters, Elaine Walmsley we have organised dates for initial meetings.

For many people involvement with critical care is a daunting experience. For some it is part of the care plan after major surgery but for many others it is a sudden and unexpected event.  You find yourself in an alien environment unlike any you've known before where patients are connected to all kinds of machines and drips, where you might not be able to tell day from night and where there may be constant noise and activity.

Both patients and relatives are invited, being able to talk about what you have all  been through with people who understand, because they've been through it too, can really help. If you feel you could talk, listen and share your experiences, we'd like to meet you.

Due to the popularity of our Saturday meetings, it has been decided that we will alternate our Critical Care Patient and Relative Support Group ‘drop-ins’ between Thursdays and Saturdays. Here are the dates for 2018:

Dates
Saturday 2nd February 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday 23rd March 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday 18th May 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday 6th July 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday 31st August 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday 12th October 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm
Saturday 30th November 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm

Venue

Restaurant
Education Centre 1
Royal Preston Hospital

This venue is not attached to the hospital and has its own car park.  Parking will be free on the night all you need to do is press the intercom button and say you are attending the meeting. 

Here is an example of what happens at our meetings

If you are interested in coming to one of the support group meetings, or if you would like more information, please contact me by e-mail, phone or voicemail on one of the following options:

E mail:             elaine.walmsley@lthtr.nhs.uk

Tel:                  01772 523407