Patients transferred out of DCCM are followed up by registered nurses working as part of the follow-up service.
A follow-up coordinator liaises with the DCCM nurse consultant. The service is overseen by the DCCM Quality Group.
Patients who are discharged or transferred from the DCCM are contacted within six months. Nurses document if patients are contacted after six months.
The objectives of the patient follow-up clinic are to:
DCCM provides a nurse-led Bereavement Follow-up clinic to the next-of-kin and their families/whanau of patients who have died following a critical illness in the DCCM.
The Bereavement Follow-up Clinic's objectives are to:
Next-of-kin are informed of the Bereavement follow-up service by a posted information sheet 7 – 14 days after the death and then contacted by telephone four to twelve weeks after the death and consent for an interview is obtained. A structured telephone interview is undertaken on how the next-of-kin are coping, and about the experience, they had during end-of-life care for their relative. As appropriate, referrals are written, issues addressed and further family meetings arranged with intensivists when required.
The interview is entered into a database for analysis and continuous quality improvement initiatives.
More information can be found in our bereavement information pamphlet [PDF, 873 KB]
If you need to get in touch with us before this time, please telephone DCCM on 09 307 4949 ext 24800. Ask to speak with the Clinical Charge Nurse. They will ensure your contact details are referred to a member of the Bereavement Team, who will make contact with you as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email us and the Bereavement Team will contact you.