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. This will create a more natural, stimulating, less threatening space that will help thousands of people make a faster and better recovery.
For our patients who have life threatening illnesses and injuries, the psychological and emotional 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 helplessness in a clinical environment that often feels very intimidating.
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.’
The NHS is providing £80m for the construction of the new Centre, giving a once in a lifetime opportunity to rethink the design of Critical Care and how it operates.
£2.6m of charitable funding will fund four additional elements that will offer a truly exceptional standard of care and transform the model for critical care in the UK and beyond:
- The world’s first outdoor critical care facility: this will provide safe access to fresh air and natural light, a sense of normality, stimulation and reconnection with the outside world – all while still providing essential life-saving care.
- New bedside technology will become the patient’s friend improving care and recovery.
- An environment designed with and for patients: the new Centre will use specially commissioned artwork to create a therapeutic healing environment which will speed recovery and provide a more uplifting environment for patients, families and staff.
- Facilities for education, training and research: two embedded seminar rooms will enable observation and simulation exercises, supporting training of doctors and nurses and protecting patients at the same time.
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.