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Web Link: Bereavement support

Sadly, not everyone survives Intensive Care. We are very sorry for your loss.This is the link to Cruse Bereavement Care in Scotland. They are able to provide free advice or one-to-one counselling sessions.

Web Link: Carer support in East Lothian

This link will take you to the Carers of East Lothian website. They focus on supporting carers so that they can continue to care for others. They can provide anything from a bit of practical advice when needed, right through to much more support for carers who are struggling to cope with the physical and emotional demands of caring for someone on a full time basis. They offer: carer support; help with benefits, fuel bills and money issues; short breaks from caring; days out; support...

Web Link: Carer Support in Edinburgh

This link will take you to Edinburgh City Council's Carer Support page.If you care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled and you are unpaid, they can offer advice and information on a great many issues including your rights as a carer; carers' assessment and support plans; local services; breaks from caring; medical conditions and medication and looking after yourself. They can also support you by referring you to other groups and

Web Link: Carer support in West Lothian

Carers of West Lothian is a voluntary organisation that provides information and support on a wide range of issues to unpaid carers. When you first get in touch, they will send you a free Carers Information Booklet, which is a comprehensive guide to services in West Lothian. You can contact them via their website, by phone or by visiting their centre in Livingston Carers of West Lothian, Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, Livingston EH54 6AX Phone: 01506...

Article: ICU Support Group in Edinburgh

We are delighted to let you know that we are now holding support group meetings in Edinburgh for people who've been in Intensive Care, and their family members and friends. Please do come along-we'd be delighted to see you! What it is: A very friendly and informal meet-up for and with people who've been affected by Intensive Care...whether you're a former patient, a family member or a friend. We'll provide a cuppa and (hopefully) cake. How often: Our...

Web Link: ICU Support Groups

Some people find it helpful to meet and talk with others who have been through similar experiences to their own. This is the weblink to ICUsteps website withe details of patient and family support groups UK wide including Edinburgh and Dundee It will tell you more about the groups, who they are, what they do and when and where the meetings are held.

Web Link: Mental Health and Well-being: Health in Mind

This link will take you to the website of Health in Mind, an Edinburgh-based charity promoting postive mental help and well-being across Scotland. They offer a wide rane of support, including information about local services, guided self-help, counselling and trauma support, courses in well-being self-management, etc, etc.

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 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.

Article: Support groups

ICUSteps: who they are and what they do ICUSteps is a charitable organisation which was set up by former Intensive Care patients, their family members and ICU staff in Milton Keynes in 2005. Their main aim is to help support patients and families who are recovering after Intensive Care. They hold informal meetings where you can come and talk with others who have had similar experiences to your own. Many people find this really helpful and reassuring. You can go along to as many or...