The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Critical Care Unit refurbishment to support families and staff

29 July 2019

ACC L3 2The Critical Care Units at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) look after nearly 5,400 patients every year and, due to the nature of critical care, families can spend a considerable amount of time there as their relative receives care.

Last year, 57 of our patients and their families on our critical care units made the brave decision to become organ donors which resulted in 86 patients receiving a transplant during the time period.

Thanks to the Organ Donation committee at Leeds Teaching Hospitals who receive funding from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), some of the family areas on the critical care units at LGI have been refurbished. This has helped to provide a warm, friendly area for relatives to rest and wait during what is a stressful and emotional time. In addition, funds have also been provided by NHSBT for furniture for staff to use during break times as recognition of the many efforts that go above and beyond what is expected for patient and family care.

Dr Claire Tordoff, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation and Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “Having a loved one in intensive care is a stressful and worrying time. Critical Care units are a very different environment to a normal hospital ward and can be a daunting place to visit. Having a dedicated and comfortable area for our families to spend time away from the clinical setting is invaluable and makes a real difference.”

Simon Riley-Fuller, Head of Nursing for Adult Critical Care, said: “The donation of the furniture in the staff room has also had a huge impact on our colleagues. They are so pleased that the room is comfortable and refreshed; everyone loves it and we’re so proud of how it looks.”