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Experiences of visitors to a regional major trauma intensive care unit

A new research study is underway at St George’s to find out more about experiences of visitors whose family member or friend has been admitted to the major trauma intensive care unit.

Starting in summer 2017, the Joint Faculty at Kingston and St George’s will be working together with St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s Hospital Charity to find out more about the experiences of visitors to the St George’s major trauma centre.

Since 2011, people who have a serious accident (major trauma) in England are no longer cared for at the hospital nearest to them but at a specialist regional major trauma centre. This is so that they can benefit from the best possible care delivered by teams of highly specialised professionals.

St George’s hosts the regional major trauma centre for 2.6 million people living in South West London and Surrey County. This catchment area stretches about 40 miles across. About one fifth of patients who come to St George’s major trauma centre live more than a one hour journey away, and their visitors often travel a similar distance or even further.

Family members and friends play an important part in the care of patients at the major trauma intensive care unit, and it is important to enable family members and friends to be near their loved one.

This new study will allow us to learn more about the experiences of visiting at St George’s major trauma centre, in particular experiences of family members and friends who travel from far away. We will speak with visitors whose family member or friend has been admitted to the major trauma centre for at least one week. The study will show where visitors’ experiences are good and where there is room for improvement, so that future improvements can be better targeted.

The study is organised by researcher Stefan Tino Kulnik, nurse specialist Christopher Brunker and occupational therapist Anna-Karynka Wulf. Several study advisors, who have in the past themselves visited a family member or friend at St George’s major trauma centre, play an important role in the design and conduct of the research.

This project has been funded with the support of St George’s Hospital Charity.

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If you would like to find out more about this study, please contact:
Dr Stefan Tino Kulnik
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
6th Floor Hunter Wing
St George’s Campus
Cranmer Terrace
London SW17 0RE

 

Email: s.t.kulnik@sgul.kingston.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8725 2266
Mobile: 077 5836 9472