After PICU

Once your child is well enough to leave PICU, their medical care will be taken over by the appropriate medical or surgical team in the Royal Hospital for Children or the hospital that referred your child for Intensive Care.

As well as the medical problem that caused the need for their Intensive Care, there is an increasing body of evidence that both Intensive Care survivors (particularly school aged children and adolescents) and their relatives also suffer both physical (fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance) and mental symptoms (flashbacks, nightmares, increased anxiety) after a period of time in PICU. If you feel that you or your child has such issues, then please talk to your GP or ask to speak to a Counsellor. The PICU staff can advise you on this if you are concerned.

The following charities also have useful links and resources on their websites: