Tracheostomy Care Service

St Cyril’s rehabilitation unit is able to offer airway management, for patients who have a current tracheostomy. This may be due to neurological conditions such as:

  • Minimally Conscious State (MCS)
  • Vegetative State (VA)
  • Hypoxia
  • Chronic respiratory conditions

A tracheostomy is an artificial opening made into the trachea though the neck, which secures and maintains a safe airway. It may be long or short term.

Patients who have a tracheostomy need careful management by experienced staff, who are trained to manage the airway by clearing and managing secretions by suctioning and other methods, and who are able to provide regular tube changing and monitoring. Providing management of complications associated with tracheostomy’s and emergency treatment if required. Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy to review postural support can also be provided.

At St Cyril’s we are able to offer this service, as our staff are fully trained and competent in management of tracheostomy ‘s and can also provide support to facilitate structured weaning from tracheostomy to upper airway use. We can provide support with communication, difficulties in swallowing, altered body image and education to empower the patient or their family to promote independence.

Location of the Tracheostomy Care Service

This service is located at St Cyril's Rehabilitation Unit in Chester.