Sheffield rehabilitation unit refurbished thanks to charity donation

Patients recovering from a brain injury will be able to enjoy home comforts at a rehabilitation centre.

Thursday, 11th October 2018, 1:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 1:43 pm
Staff at the Head Injuries Rehabilitation Centre, Sheffield.

Calming colours, soft lighting, cooling fans and consistent flooring are amongst the enhancements at the Head Injuries Rehabilitation Centre, Upperthorpe, which have been funded thanks to a  £25,000 donation by Neurocare.

Specialists there believe the charity funded refurbishment of the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC) run facility will boost care for patients by removing some simple furnishing triggers which are now known to complicate the lives of neurological patients.

Helen Currie, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist, at SHSC has been actively involved in the development of the project. 

She said: 'The Sheffield Community Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team help people to achieve their aims and to lead a life that is as full and independent as possible.

'We work with individuals and their families to achieve their goals to improve their quality of life.

'This is with people who are re-establishing themselves back into their community after a brain injury or minor head injury, and have identified areas in their life that they wish to improve.

'We provide an extremely valuable service; but some areas of the facility which are largely clinical would welcome improvement.

'A comfortable and homely environment with minimal distraction will inspire wellbeing, steps forward in rehabilitation and a positive outlook.

'We can't thank Neurocare enough for their donation.These changes will breathe new life into the building.

' The therapists are so passionate and committed to working with clients and their families who live with the terrible consequence of a long term neurological condition

'It is important to us that the environment will be improved to meet their needs during their time with us.'

The Sheffield Community Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team, based on Albert Terrace Road, is a purpose built single storey rehabilitation facility which has been open since 1974.

All adults over the age of 16 who have sustained a traumatic or acquired brain injury and wish to improve their quality of life can be referred there.

Neurocare, which supports the neurological centre of excellence at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, treats patients with a range of neurological conditions, including brain tumours, head injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's, epilepsy, cancers of the nervous system and stroke.

The charity works funds state-of-the-art equipment, world-class research, training, support and ward facilities.

Following care and medical treatment at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust or many years, following the onset of the head or brain injury, patients who could benefit from the service are referred to the centre for assessment and rehabilitation.

Beverley Webster OBE, Chair of Neurocare Advisory Board, said: 'We're really pleased to be able to fund these enhancements, which will make a huge impact on the recovery of patients with serious head injuries. 

'The only reason we've been able to pay for the refurbishment is through the generosity of the public and our corporate supporters, providing further evidence of the lifesaving and life improving work Neurocare can deliver thanks to our brilliant fundraisers.'

To donate to Neurocare, please call 01142 269768.