New Brain Rehab Centre set for Bristol

Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre to build new hospital to expand its services

In May 2015 Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Bristol began work to build a new hospital and expand its services to meet the demand for its specialist care and treatment for brain injured patients, both locally and throughout the South West.

Working in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust, the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre provides specialist assessment, inpatient rehabilitation and therapy for adults and adolescents (16 years upwards) with brain injury. The centre has gained a national reputation for excellence in intensive rehabilitation for people who have suffered a brain injury and is currently the only provider of this type of neuro-rehabilitation service in the South West.

A number of our clients have received excellent care and rehabilitation at the centre which is staffed by an outstanding team.

The existing intensive 29 bed rehabilitation service will move to the new hospital. Typically patients requiring this service are transferred directly to the brain injury centre at Frenchay following treatment in an NHS acute hospital to stabilise their medical condition, but are in the very early stages of recovery from their brain injury. Many arrive at the centre with very complex and profound cognitive and physical impairments.

The plan is to construct a new hospital directly opposite the existing centre, which will also undergo a substantial refurbishment and modernisation programme with completion expected in Spring 2016.

Medical, nursing and therapy staff have worked with the architect on the design, fitments and equipment to provide the best support.

The new service will increase the number of beds available to 52.

The existing building will become a slower-stream rehabilitation service with capacity for 23 patients. This new service will benefit those patients who require a longer period of rehabilitation, treatment and support from the same inter-disciplinary team and the opportunity to practice independent living in a safe environment.

Lynn McLeish, Director of Brain Injury and Neurological Care Services for The Huntercombe Group, said: “We are all extremely pleased that the investment to build an additional new hospital at Frenchay will enable the clinical team to expand their remarkable work and to help more people who have suffered severe brain injury to get back as much as they can of their life and to return to living as closely as possible to the way they always have.”

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