Published: 12 September 2016 at 15:02
Initiative backed by Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership shortlisted for HSJ awardA new service to improve after-care for patients who have had a cardiac arrest has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. The CARE (Care After REsuscitation) clinic was set up at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at Basildon University Hospital to help patients who suffer anxiety and depression following the shock and trauma of a cardiac arrest.
“Life after cardiac arrest can place an enormous psychological burden on the patient and their family. Around the UK, expert follow-up care for these patients can be erratic.
“The signs of anxiety and depression, that understandably can follow such a traumatic event, are often not recognised and this can have a devastating effect on people who have had a cardiac arrest, and their close friends and relatives. They may be afraid to return to the place where the cardiac arrest happened, or be too anxious to go back to work.
“Last year, the CTC treated more than 100 patients who had a cardiac arrest out of hospital, some of whom experienced severe psychological difficulties as a result. We wanted to find a way to improve their care.”
“The success of the CARE clinics in improving patient care is the result of dedicated teamwork within Basildon Hospital, and with other partners, most notably Anglia Ruskin Health Partnership and South Essex Partnership Trust.
“It’s a testament to everyone’s hard work and commitment that we have been shortlisted for this award.”
“Our partnership with The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre and SEPT on this work will make a real difference to the lives of patients and their families.
“Anglia Ruskin University works closely with NHS Trusts across the East of England to assist with innovation and patient outcomes and we are thrilled that the HSJ has recognised the value of this pioneering research.”