Southport Hospital video reveals how coronavirus patients are being treated in ICU

Families unable to visit loved-ones in intensive care in Southport can now access a video showing where their relatives are being treated.

In a bid to help families better understand the treatment being given to isolated critical Covid-19 patients, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has uploaded the video online.

Angela Westwood, Matron for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Trust said: “As we are unable to allow visitors at the moment, we are learning as we go – working to find new ways to help families and patients feel connected and less isolated. 

“We invite families to send in photos and put these on the walls to help create a more homely environment.  Picture badges, which allow patients to see the face of those caring for them are helping to reduce some of the issues which come from nursing in face masks.”

Families of less-poorly Covid-19 patients are able to carry out video and phone conversations with patients, and get regular phone updates from staff, while they are in hospital. However, this is not always impossible in ICU because of the condition of the patients.

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