King’s Critical Care Appeal
King’s Critical Care Centre
We are radically changing the way we care for our most seriously ill and injured patients by creating a new world-class Critical Care Centre.
Each year, our team of dedicated doctors and nurses provide critical care for over 3,600 people who urgently require lifesaving medical treatment.
Our critical care service is truly the heart of the hospital. We treat all the sickest patients - 10% of all the patients in the hospital.
No other UK hospital will provide the range of critical care seen at King’s. Linked to the Helipad, Theatres and Emergency Department, it will be the heart of our Critical Care Service which will support around 5,000 patients and 15,000 relatives each year.
In contrast to the typically noisy, cramped and isolating critical care units that can be found across the UK, our new Critical Care Centre will offer natural light, uplifting artwork on the walls and home comforts to create a more healing experience.
For our patients who have life threatening illnesses and injuries, the mental trauma that they suffer often hinders their recovery. This is deeply distressing for patients and their families. They can suffer from delirium, which can cause terrifying dreams and hallucinations, and this is made worse by a feeling of a helplessness in an often intimidating clinical environment.
Peter, who was in a coma for five days, tells us: ‘When I came round from my coma, I was on very strong painkillers which gave me nightmares – I thought people were trying to attack me, and that spiders were coming down the walls.’
In our new Critical Care Centre, we want our patients and families to be able to control their environment – to regulate noise and light, to benefit from the company of other patients while maintaining privacy and to have access to their favourite music, films, TV and radio.
John, who was in a coma for three weeks, told us: ‘To be able to look out into “the real world” will be vitally necessary to improved recovery.’
In our new Critical Care Centre, every room will have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over Ruskin Park. Innovative technology and artwork in every room will make the environment feel less medical, less isolating and more comforting for patients and their families. And table lamps will give a warm glow in the evenings.
We’re bringing the outside world into the ward.
A uniquely equipped roof garden will for the first time in the world allow life support to be provided outdoors. Even some of the most seriously ill patients and their families will be able to benefit from the stimulating elements of the open air.
John’s wife Majella told us: ‘We brought in photographs and videos from John’s grandchildren, newspapers that we could read to him, some things he could connect to his own life. But there wasn’t anything to look at in the immediate environment.’
Individual touchscreen bedside computers will not only capture medical data, but also provide a portal so families at home can stay in touch with their loved ones and their progress.
To give patients and their families the best possible healing environment during their time in critical care, we need your help. Please help King’s set a new global standard in Critical Care.