You can help create an intensive care unit that Southampton can truly be proud of – one where patients are helped with rehabilitation, can maintain their dignity, and where families can have a place to rest and reflect.
Intensive care patients have experienced huge trauma or deterioration and need the highest level of care. We need to rescue the patient’s condition or halt it from getting any worse. This is the highest level of escalation; there is nowhere else they can go.” Matron, Critical Care.
A gift to our appeal will help us to kit out the new state-of-the-art unit which is currently being built. Help us to give our sickest patients the world-class care they deserve.
Your gift today will help fund:
- A rehabilitation zone: This area is vital to patients’ recovery, helping them to regain independence and build strength to leave the unit.
- A palliative care suite: The new suite will give patients who are dying the comfort and dignity they deserve. Southampton will be the first intensive care unit in the country to house a dedicated palliative care suite within the unit.
- Relatives room: A quiet space is needed for clinicians to have difficult conversations with relatives, or to allow loved ones the chance to take a break away from the intensity of the unit.
Working in an intensive care unit is precisely that – intensive. Your donation will help build a dedicated rehabilitation gym suited to our patients, speeding up recovery times.
“Therapy is so important for a patient’s morale. Up until they work with us it’s been about survival. Physiotherapy is all about recovery. They realise they aren’t sick anymore. It helps a patient feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel.” Zoe VanWilligen, Physiotherapist.
Dedicated rehabilitation space for our patients
Palliative care suite
Together, we can build a palliative care suite where patients can be made comfortable in the final moments and where staff can ensure they are seen as a person rather than a collection of symptoms.
For families and loved ones, this space will enable precious moments to be shared away from the clinical hospital environment.
Parents Chris and Sharon talk about their son, Tommy, passing away in the General Intensive Care Unit in Southampton. Read about the difference a palliative care suite would have made for their son.
Help us provide a palliative care suite in intensive care
When any patient arrives at our unit, it’s traumatic for their relatives too.
Your donation will help to give them a calming private space to make their own, where they can concentrate on being there for each other.
These rooms are also used to update family members on the patient’s treatment and progress. At other times, these rooms are used to break difficult news, such as the deterioration of a patient’s condition or the withdrawal of care.
How a relatives room will make a difference for families
A gift to our appeal will help us to kit out the new state-of-the-art unit which is currently being built.
Help us to give our sickest patients the world-class care they deserve.