New group to help patients

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A new support group for patients who have been looked after in intensive care and their families has been launched.

‘ICU Steps North of Tyne’, the first group of its kind in the local area, is part of a network of intensive care support groups.

It will be led by critical care staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, chaired by former intensive care patient Mick Gray.

Dr Karen Connelly, consultant in critical care medicine, said: “Being on intensive care both as a patient and as a family member can be a frightening and life changing experience and up until now there hasn’t been any formal support groups in place to help local families during their recovery and beyond.

“Through ‘ICU Steps North of Tyne’ we hope to connect former patients with others who have also been through critical illness and are at different stages in their recovery.

“By sharing experiences it can often help reassure patients and relatives that there is light at the end of the tunnel and dispel much of their worry.”

The group meets every month in Whitley Bay. For more visit