2pm to 8pm, but we do try to be flexible.
12 noon to 1pm
The Critical Care Unit is a little different to other hospital wards and, naturally, relatives and friends may be worried at this time. Please read on for what to expect when visiting your loved one on the unit.
The Critical Care Unit is on the second floor of the Trelawny Wing at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske in Truro. If you enter from the Trelawny main entrance (near the café and WH Smith shop), you’ll need to take the lift or the stairs up to the second floor.
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Please also bear in mind that in the early days, visiting may be restricted to close family and friends only, and to certain times of the day.
We try to be flexible to meet each patient’s needs, so please speak to the nurse about when is best to visit. Generally we recommended that you visit between 2pm and 8pm as the unit tends to be less busy in the afternoon.
If the patient’s stay in critical care was unplanned, please read this section on what to bring in for them
If the patient has made an advance directive (sometimes known as a ‘living will’) please tell a member of as soon as possible so that we can respect their wishes.
All patients have monitoring leads and equipment put on them when they arrive on the unit so that staff can closely watch their heart rhythm, blood pressure and oxygen levels.
The person you care about is likely to look very different to how they would normally look and may have:
Despite the sedation, many patients respond to reassurance, such as a familiar voice or hand holding. The bedside nurse will make sure that you are able to be with the patient without disturbing any of the monitoring equipment and can also tell you about the equipment and why it is needed.
Some patients are at higher risk of infection than others or have an infection that needs isolating. These isolation rooms are restricted to close family and friends and you’ll be asked to take extra precautions in these rooms, such as wearing a mask, wearing a plastic apron and washing your hands using soap and water.
Critical care staff wear raspberry coloured uniforms (‘scrubs’), aprons and gloves and must always clean their hands before and after caring for patients.
Find out more about how we work to prevent the spread of infection.
We know that having a relative or friend in critical care can be a very stressful experience. It is important to make sure you get enough rest and eat properly so that you do not become unwell yourself.
The visitors’ room has facilities to make hot and cold drinks, please feel free to make yourself a drink. But please do not eat or drink on the unit whilst visiting.
If you wish to stay nearby overnight, it is sometimes possible to book overnight accommodation at the hospital, which costs £35 per person per night and includes breakfast. For more information please speak to the nurse in charge, who will also be able to provide a list of local B&B’s and hotels.
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