We would like to say a special thank you to the Clive & Sylvia Richards Charity for their magnificent donation which helped us to complete this project.
How you helped us to…
Drive out Delirium
Statistics show that over 90% of people who are treated in Critical Care Units in the UK will develop delirium at some point during their stay. For those that do the effects can be very frightening indeed, not only for them but their loved ones too.
People like Joe...
Joe was admitted for emergency heart surgery. During his 2 week stay in Critical Care he became more and more disorientated until he was convinced that his wife had allowed surgeons to operate on him in the garage. Obviously this caused his wife a great deal of distress on top of the anxiety she was already feeling due to his serious illness.
Thankfully the dedicated care of our doctors and nurses Joe did get better but it still took some months for him to feel that his mental health had recovered as well as his body.
As a major provider of critical care, treating over 30,000 critically ill patients each year we are at the forefront of the drive to end delirium. We identified three key factors that can contribute to delirium development:
Rooms with no natural light can lead patients to become unaware of the passing of time, disassociating them from their natural sleep rhythms, leading to sleep deprivation and the possibility of developing delirium.
What We Did
We were able to purchase six Sky Tiles. These stream high quality footage of the day and night sky to help maintain and improve patient sleep patterns.
Patients who spend a long time in Critical Care can become very isolated from the outside world.
What We Did
We wanted to encourage family members and friends to visit, staying as long as possible including overnight stays. Having familiar faces, photographs and objects from home significantly decreases feelings of isolation.
So we upgraded and remodelled our family room making it a comfortable place to rest, watch TV, cook a meal and share their anxieties with other patients family members.
Lack of Access to Outdoors
For patients who are well enough being outside in the fresh air and sunshine can provide major psychological benefits.
What We Did
The charity had already refurbished the Critical Care Garden in the previous year but it could only be used during sunny days as it was open to the elements.
So we provided a roof and heaters for the garden so now it can be used whatever the British weather chooses to throw at us.