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The hospital wards

Being transferred to the hospital ward can be a real mixed bag of emotions for patients and families. While ward transfer is a sign of improvement and a step closer to going home, patients and families have to adjust to less monitoring and having fewer staff at close hand. 

Some patients "come to" on the wards, and have to begin to try to make sense of what has happened to them. Common psychological issues include strange dreams, problems sleeping or feeling anxious or low. Patients also become more aware of physical issues such as general weakness, tiredness, mobility problems, etc as they begin to do more for themselves.

In this section, we've provided some general information and advice on common physical and psychological issues issues during the ward stage of recovery, the types of staff involved in your care (who they are and what they do) and what to expect in terms of getting you home. We've also included sections on other people's experiences and frequently asked questions. We hope you find it helpful.

 

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Web Link: Care for Carers (Lothian)

This link will take you to the Care for Carers website, which is a voluntary organisation based in Lothian. They offer support groups for carers,open days (twice yearly), advice and support with stress management and a newsletter, amongst other things.

Article: Carer support (hospital discharge services)

This service is available to carers of people admitted to an NHS Lothian hospital.Carer support workers in hospital can help you to get involved in planning support for the person you care about, for when they leave hospital (discharge planning). You can use this service if you or the person you care for is aged 18 years or over.They can help you: work with staff to decide what support will be arranged for the person you care about when they leave hospital decide what support you...

Web Link: Carer support in Lothian (VOCAL)

This link will take you to the VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) website. Their website offers advice, information and support on a wide range of practical, financial, legal and emotional issues.

Web Link: Citizens Advice (Scotland)

This link will take you to the Citizens Advice Bureau (Scotland). They can provide information and advice on a wide range of money, legal and health issues including: Money & debt Benefits Employment Housing Family problems Health Services Legal rights & responsibilities Within NHS Lothian, to see an advisor on your ward or at the patient imformation centre, call or text 07780-461-966, or...

Document: Confusion (delirium) and Intensive Care

This is a short, easy to read booklet written by ICUSteps.It explains what delirium is, why patients in Intensive Care are often confused, what it feels like for the patient and the things family members can do to help.Some patients continue to be a little confused after they are transferred to the general wards, although this is usually temporary.

Article: Confusion, paranoia or behaving out of character

Is it common to have been confused, paranoid or to have behaved out of character? Yes, it is very common.Just as these things are very common in Intensive Care, patients often experience these symptoms in the first few days following transfer to the ward. You may have felt very confused (not quite knowing where you are or why), you may have felt that others were out to harm you (paranoia) or may have behaved completely out of character by perhaps being a little unreasonable,...

Article: Coping with transfer to the ward

It's not always easy or even possible to prepare patients for transfer out of Intensive Care and onto the general wards.Intensive Care beds are in great demand and it's often impossible to predict when a bed might be needed for someone else.Although we try to avoid it as best we can, this sometimes means that patients are transferred out with little warning. From one to one care to "one of many" Patients often tell us that transfer to the wards can be a bit of...

Article: Dietitian

What does a dietitian do on the wards? The Dietitian works closely with the ward staff to make sure that you are able to take in enough nutrition to support your recovery. This might involve things like checking your weight and what you are eating, arranging for you to have additional snacks or supplements (usually high calorie or protein drinks) and giving advice on the types of things you should eat after you go home. Some patients continue to need nutritional support through...

Document: Discharge planning in NHS Lothian

This is a short booklet from NHS Lothian. It is written for family members and carers, and gives easily understandable information on what discharge planning involves, what to expect and how to be more involved.

Article: Doctors

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