Patients and relatives


Admission to critical care can be a time of great stress and worry. It can help to know what to expect - both for patients and relatives. Read other patients' stories and general information about admission to the ICU and how to find and give support.

To see how everyone pulled together as a team to literally save lives has left a deep impression on me

Shyamenda Purslow​, ICU patient

Shyamenda's story

Gordon's story


Julie's story

Resources for Patients and Relatives




The Intensive Care Unit


CriticalCareRecovery and ICUunwrapped are helpful and easy-to-follow resources that explains what can happen in intensive care, describes some of the different people involved and explains some of the common language and terminology used.
You can also find out more about procedures and treatments in critical care here.