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Intensive care patients catch up on life using moving diaries at Havering and Redbridge hospitals

PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 February 2017

Queen's and King George hospital neuro intensive care staff with diaries used to record family events for intensive care patients.

Queen's and King George hospital neuro intensive care staff with diaries used to record family events for intensive care patients.

Claire Still

Families with critically ill relatives in intensive care, are able to keep patients updated with family events thanks to a simple but innovative idea.

Neuro intensive care staff at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford and King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes, provide special diaries for information to be recorded.

When the patient eventually wakes up, they are to catch up on much that has missed.

Mags O’Grady, senior sister at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust (BHRUT) said: “Families think they’re brilliant.

“They use them to record what’s been happening at home and some have even added newspaper cut-outs and drawings from their children.

“They help the families to see the progress made by the patient too.

“We also sometimes write messages in the diaries to the patient, to give them information about the care they’ve received.”

The diaries, funded from donations to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity, help patients make sense of the time lost due to critical illnesses.

The journals are available for families of patients on all intensive care wards run by BHRUT.

The Trust has had lots of positive feedback from families who have used the diaries, including those who have said it made them feel more involved in their loved one’s care.


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