We are Fundraising for a New State-of-the-Art Therapy Hub
Your Donations Will Help Us Build a New Therapy Hub
The RHN is building a state-of-the-art therapy hub and needs your donations to help people with brain injuries have rehabilitation in modern facilities. This will improve their rehabilitation outcomes.
Brain injuries can happen to anyone at any time, mostly through common misfortune; things like sports injuries, falling down stairs, being hit by a vehicle, or for medical reasons, like an asthma attack or a stroke.
Every year 130 people who have had a recent brain injury are referred to us for assessment and rehabilitation. This can include physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, dietetics, occupational therapy and social work. It also includes our wheelchair and postural management service, which custom fits every patient for a wheelchair – increasing their mobility and allowing them to participate in their rehabilitation.
We have three rehabilitation wards. Rehabilitation takes place in our two gyms, on the wards and in ad hoc space, which means that patients can often be seen learning to walk again along the main corridor. Both of the gyms are dated, lack privacy and are in desperate need of modernisation.
Despite these less-than-ideal facilities, we get lots of positive feedback from patients and families, and our Brain Injury Service was recently shortlisted for a LaingBuisson Award for service excellence.
Imagine what we could do for our patients if we could upgrade these facilities.
Our plan is to develop two gyms into a state-of-the-art Therapy Hub, and renovate Drapers ward.
On Drapers ward we want to create a homely and spacious environment where patients can practise the skills they develop through rehabilitation. By reconfiguring the ward, we will improve patient privacy, and increase the number of shower rooms from one to three, ensuring easy access from all bedrooms. We also want to add a self-service drinks space, providing more opportunities for patients to practise independence.
Our plan for the Therapy Hub is to create two distinct areas. For patients who can actively participate in their rehabilitation, there will be an open plan gym, with dynamic and interactive space, and the flexibility to partition zones for self-practice, group activities and one-to-one sessions. The second area will be a quieter therapy space with multi-functional, distraction-free rooms suitable for people with a disorder of consciousness or severe cognitive impairment. There will be one-to-one treatment space, as well as a new sensory stimulation area.
The planned works are extensive, but we would like to complete them by the end of December 2017.