Who we are

Many people support the work we do here. As a charity we're supported by our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, our Trustees and our dedicated staff and volunteers

“They don’t treat you like a patient, they treat you like a person”

Mike, Alan’s son. Alan had locked-in syndrome.

Founded in 1854, and set in picturesque grounds in Putney, we are the oldest independent hospital and medical charity in the UK.

There is something very different about the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. We don’t just treat people with profound disabilities, we care for them as individuals, creating care plans that resonate with them on a personal level, and offering practical and emotional support to them and their families every step of their journey.

Balancing traditional practice with specialist therapies and life changing technologies, our work makes an important difference to the lives of profoundly disabled adults with acquired brain injuries and degenerative neurological conditions, such as Huntington’s disease.

We make this difference for a number of reasons

We assess accurately and treat holistically

Our specialists work as a team, combining their diverse expertise to address the physical needs, cognitive abilities and psychological states of everyone who comes to stay with us.

We make things personal

From tailoring treatment to incorporate individual interests, to customising wheelchairs that aid posture and communication, we create personal care plans to improve the independence, dignity and quality of life of every single one of our patients and residents.

We all work under one roof

Our staff, specialist equipment and services are all based right here in Putney, meaning more immediate action for patients, with minimal disruption.

We don’t do things by halves

Not only do we have a team of award-winning specialists covering everything from physio to music therapy, but we are one of the biggest care providers for people with advanced Huntington’s disease, and are supported by our own charity. This means we have the ability to raise funds to provide life-changing technologies, research and resources.

We look to tomorrow

Our Institute of Neuropalliative Rehabilitation researches clinical advances, provides factual information for families, professionals and policy-makers. It also offers specialist training for medical professionals to improve the future for people with neuro-disability.

We are a community within a community

As well as chances to socialise, we offer additional services for patients, residents and their families that include Carers’ Corner, a cafe, library, general store, dentist, GP, hairdresser, pharmacy and a post office.

Known as a place of choice, we are respected as an authority on neuro-disability care, influencing policy makers, medical professionals and commissioners. Even more importantly, we restore people’s hope and give them reasons to smile.