Norma Smith Doctors Group

Date18 April 2018
Start Time19:00
End Time21:30
TypeClassroom based
AudienceGP, First5, GP Trainee



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Life (?) after intensive care

Every year approximately 525 patients are admitted to Intensive Care in Tayside. Of these 75% will survive to discharge home. All of these patients will have been affected in some way by their ICU stay. Whilst it may be a rare event for an individual GP to deal with a post ICU patient, the burden of critical illness does not just rest with the patient. For each patient there are the wives, husbands, parents, children, other family members and friends that will all have been affected.

In this talk, I will put into context the critical illness faced by the population of Tayside and Scotland. I will discuss the factors associated with Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and outline the follow up service available for our patients. I will highlight the GP-ICU interface and outline some changes we hope to make to improve communication.

Dr Pauline Austin

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

VenueInvercarse Hotel, 371 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1PG
Maximum capacity40
ContactAnne-Marie Stevenson
Faculty/DepartmentEast of Scotland Faculty

Course programme

19:00 Arrival drinks and registration

19:15 Welcome and engage with sponsors

19:30 Supper served

20:10/15 Dr Pauline Austin

21:30 Close


This event is sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Industry


  • Parking
  • Refreshments


Dr Pauline Austin,

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine


I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2000 and after house jobs started my career on the medical rotation. Six months of ward fifteen were enough to make me think that hospital medicine wasn’t really all it was cracked up to be. I made the decision that training in General Practice would allow me to achieve a work life balance whilst adding three girls to the population of Scotland. I was well trained by Westgate and went on to work in the out of hours’ service, and as a retainer in Taybank. My niggling concerns over my suitability for General Practice led to the ultimate decision to retrain. In 2009 I put on my rose tinted glasses and started training in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. After a lot of hard graft and a few more exams, I completed my training in 2017. I would guess I am probably in a minority holding CCT’s in General Practice, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine! My husband is delighted that I really quite like my current job and have no plans to retrain again!

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