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When things don't go well

Unfortunately sometimes even with our best efforts, your relative may not survive. We understand that this is a very traumatic time for families and please let us know if there is anything that you need.

The death can occur very suddenly in the ICU or could be after a long stay with us, and you may be more prepared. If you have questions after returning home, please call the unit to find out if we can arrange a time to discuss your questions with you.

Organ donation can sometimes occur in the ICU. If you have any questions about this, it is best to speak with the nurse at the bedside, the nurse manager on duty or the consultant. Any questions you have can be answered. We appreciate that this is a difficult time, and difficult questions may arise. We will help you as best we can.

If your relative has any religious preferences, we can arrange for prayers at this time. The Chaplaincy Department provide an invaluable multi-denominational pastoral service to our patients, relatives and staff.

The Medical Social Work Department offer bereavement support to families as needed.  Further information on their services can be found here: