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Article: Equipment

Some equipment is considered essential for hospital discharge, which means that it MUST be in place before you go home.Other "non essential" items of equipment or home adaptations might be organised before you leave hospital, but may take some time to arrive. This might include things like shower seats, bath aids or grab rails.

External Video: Louise describes her critical illness and the process of getting better

In this video clip, Louise a former Intensive Care patient talks about her experiences of critical illness five years on and the process of getting better and getting on with her life. You can read interviews,listen to voice recordings and watch clips of other patients' experiences of Intensive Care by using the link to a free website called Healthtalkonline: http://healthtalkonline.org/search/all/intensive%20care

Article: Occupational Therapist

What does an Occupational Therapist do? The Occupational Therapist (or OT) works very closely with the other members of ward staff to make sure that you will be able to look after yourself when you go home. This might involve various assessments to see if you are able to do everyday things like washing and dressing,cooking and managing housework and shopping.They will also help make sure that you have all the help you need when you get there. This might include things like arranging...

Web Link: Vocational rehabilitation

This link will take you to NHS Lothian's webpage called Working Health Services. It is designed to support people in getting back to work, or those who are struggling in their current job.Unfortunately, it is only available to people based in Lothian who are either self-employed or working in small to medium size organisations (with less than 250 employees). They offer physiotherapy, occupational therapy for both physical and emotional well-being, and also counselling...