London Northwest University Health Care NHS Trust have revealed that Northwick Park Hospital has employed its first full–time psychologist to support patients and staff working in its intensive care unit (ICU).
Hannah Mollitor’s arrival reflects a growing national trend, highlighted during the covid-19 pandemic, that there is a need for better mental health and well-being among Northwick Park Hospital‘s most critically ill patients, say the Trust.
Hannah said: “Admission to ICU can often be traumatic for an individual, especially if they suddenly fall ill.
“They wake up with no idea of where they are or how they got there and are often connected to an array of equipment with various tubes coming in and out of their body.
“People can feel trapped and confused particularly if they have been going about their daily lives and are unexpectedly hospitalised and this can hinder a patient’s recovery.
Research shows that the quicker rehabilitation begins, the better the long-term outcomes.
Hannah added: “I observe, listen and talk to patients helping them understand what has happened, where they are, and talk about how they are feeling. I also advise colleagues about managing this distress. It can be emotionally challenging but it is also rewarding.”