‘...Have you ever stopped to wonder what is meant when someone is described as ‘critical but in a stable condition’? It is a person teetering on the edge of life, kept alive by an array of life support machines and surrounded by a helpless group of relatives & friends.
Usually, the individual recovers most of their former capacity but rarely at the point of discharge from hospital. The legacies of intensive care can remain for days, weeks, months or years for some. Most need intensive physiotherapy to recover from ICU acquired weakness. Others have delirium and cognitive dysfunction which can lead to PTSD in some cases.
Our aim is to help you on this journey - we are a support group set up from ex patients and family with support from members of medical staff from the Countess of Chester Hospital and other health professionals from the North West area.
All the services we offer are free to former ICU patients and those close to them.
We predominantly cover the area of Cheshire West and Chester, including Ellesmere Port, but especially in these difficult times of Covid-19 we welcome anyone who needs our support.
We hold regular Drop-in Meetings where people can come together to share their concerns and learn how others have overcome similar issues. We can also direct you to other sources of help.
The Countess runs a weekly rehabilitation class for former ICU patients where some of our members volunteer. Designed to follow on from the Rehab class, we have Exercise Groups so former patients can continue to rebuild their strength.
We have held a Mindfulness course aimed at patients, their family and those close to them to help them deal with the stress that is an inevitable part of an admission to ICU.
We also have a weekly hospital visiting scheme run through the Critical Care Outreach Team of Countess of Chester Hospital. Others members are involved with various public & patient involvement boards for Critical Care in Cheshire and Merseyside.
Look at our pages here for more details of what we do.