This month has seen two important anniversaries in the development of care for those people in Somerset who have suffered an acquired brain injury.
Earlier in June the Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre celebrated its first birthday with an open day and garden party. The ten bed unit at Dene Barton Community Hospital in Cotford St Luke was opened by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust in June 2015 by transferring beds, staff and funding from Musgrove Park Hospital.
The unit provides specialist support and care to those who have suffered brain injury, combining neurological, neuropsychological, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services under one roof.
The provision of a separate dedicated unit in such tranquil surroundings, away from the pressures of the acute care provision within Musgrove Park hospital is a major step forward in the development of a comprehensive service for people in Somerset suffering from the most debilitating of injuries.
At the same time Headway Somerset, the local charity dedicated to supporting people who have had a brain injury and their families in Somerset, has completed the first six months of its Hospital Liaison pilot project in partnership with the Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre.
The charity provides two specialist former nurses, based at Dene Barton, offering a full range of support to patients, families and relatives whilst in hospital, through the discharge process and the step down to community care. In addition Headway Somerset also provides advice on a wide variety of subjects over and above the clinical care patients receive.