Patients admitted to the Critical Care Unit, and their families, have access to the Clinical Psychologist attached to the unit who is a member of the Critical Care team. They may have a range of associated psychological difficulties which can include anxiety, depression, hallucinations, delusions, delirium, terror, withdrawal as well as a range of thinking problems.
In addition to working on the ward, the Psychology service sees patients transferred from Critical Care to other hospital wards prior to hospital discharge as well as at the Critical Care follow-up clinic. After hospital discharge, many patients still have problems with the difficulties mentioned earlier as well as problems in sexual function, mood, memory, post traumatic symptoms and family adjustment. Those who have had a critical illness can also be referred by other hospital staff and the primary healthcare team.