John David Gough (28/07/56 – 02/11/2015)
Although John retired from critical care several years ago he remained well known in the Intensive Care community and it is with deep regret to say, to those that aren’t already aware, that he died in November. He was very good company in and out of work. A Welshman through and through John was from the “old school” of critical care, medicine and anaesthesia – giving much of himself, his own time and his family’s in an attempt to improve the service. This was the way. His efforts brought some considerable success and those of us working in the critical care service in Gwent, and the patients that we serve owe him a debt of gratitude. He will be remembered with great fondness and a smile by many working in the Royal Gwent.
Sadly for John and his family those efforts came at a considerable cost. John was not alone in this; there are others in the field of critical care medicine that have also paid a heavy price. I never heard John complain of this – again this was the way. To die so young, and without enjoying the fruits of retirement are a tragedy. Those “old school” ways have changed. We live and work in a very different environment to the one that John spent the majority of his working life in. It is worth thinking however as we remember John, and even more so at this time of year that we need to look after each other and ourselves. We continue to deliver a dedicated seven days a week critical care service, as we have done for many years despite some who look to belittle us. However in that delivery we need to continue to strive to provide a healthy balance with life outside of work with friends and family. We owe that to those who have gone before us.
Dr Jack Parry-Jones
Clinical Lead for Critical Care Anuerin Bevan LHB
We have been asked by a colleague to draw our members attention to the Annual Critical Care Symposium and Critical Care Ultrasound Courses in Manchester.
Please note that these are not “WICS sponsored” meetings so if you have any questions best email the organiser direct at
or consult their web page:
Details on the “flyers” below:
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Combined 13th ACCS and CCM-L Poster LR3
*** For details on the WICS February AHP meeting please see the post below ***
Advanced critical care study day for AHP/Nurses
Tuesday 23rd February 2016
Princess of Wales Hospital MPEC
£10 WICS members
£20 non-WICS members
To reserve your space, please contact:
The study day is set to include presentations from expert external speakers covering the following topics:
- Ethical implication in management of ITU patients
- Taking ventilated patient home to die
- All Wales alcohol audit
- Patient experience
- Psychology in ITU
- RECOVER study
- Burn out in ITU
Lunch will be provided
For full details click on the attached PDF below:
POW Course poster
Following a formal consultation of the membership, WICS council has submitted the response below to the law commission to help in the drafting of the new “Deprivation Of Liberty” legislation.
Welsh Intensive Care Society 2015 Law Comission DOLS consultation response
This completes the involvement of WICS in this process for now – although we have offered further meetings or advice if the law commission would find that helpful. Council would like to thank all those that contributed to this process.
Although WICS’s response has been submitted, individuals who feel strongly on these issues may still submit an “individual” response before the 2nd November. The consultation document (available via the link below to the law commission website below) contains all the relevant information if anyone wishes to do this:
Law Commission DoLs consultation 2015