New brain injuries hospital set to open

October 07 2016

MORE than 200 people were shown around a new hospital for brain-injured patients at Frenchay before work started to move into the premises.

MORE than 200 people were shown around a new hospital for brain-injured patients at Frenchay before work started to move into the premises.

The Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre (Frenchay BIRU) has a national reputation for excellence, providing specialist assessment and therapy.

But with only 29 beds, it needed a new unit that could allow it to expand its services and meet demand for its care and treatment, both locally and throughout the South West.

The new hospital is directly opposite the one it is replacing and has 52 beds  Once services and patients have been switched over, the old unit will be refurbished and modernised to offer a service to up to 23 people who require a longer period of rehabilitation, treatment and support from the same team of experts. They will also be able to practice independent living in a safe environment.

The open days were held for local residents, medics, past patients and those who refer people to the hospital.

Typically, patients requiring the service are transferred directly to the centre after treatment in an NHS acute hospital to stabilise their medical condition. They are in the very early stages of recovery from their brain injury and many arrive with complex and profound cognitive and physical impairments.

Hospital director Alison Woods said: “The team are delighted to see our long-held vision to expand our services finally come to fruition. With a new hospital here at Frenchay, we can now provide more much-needed beds for individuals with brain injuries.”