BIRT provides a wide range of assessment and rehabilitation services to meet the needs of people with acquired brain injury (ABI). It does not matter if the injury was recent or a long time ago, or whether the person has had rehabilitation before.
The service provides post acute neuro rehab for people with a Sussex GP who have a new diagnosis of acquired brain injury of such complexity that they cannot be managed safely in the community. The conditions treated by the Consultant led specialist multidisciplinary team includes stroke, traumatic brain injury, GBS, critical illness, neuropathy incomplete, usually non traumatic spinal cord injury, brain tumours, MS relapse and complex amputees from Brighton and Hove area. It is a short stay unit.
The service does not accept people with functional neurological disorders, those with severe challenging behaviour and progressive neuro degenerative conditions.
Consultant to Consultant referral – Lead: Dr Aneetha Skinner.
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Donald Wilson House Rehabilitation Centre – Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
A specialist centre, working to help adults who are neurologically disabled through accident or illness, to live independently as possible. Provides a comprehensive individual programme of rehabilitation, medical nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work. Information and advice also given.
In the post acute phase after experiencing a brain injury some adult patients may be eligible for a period of specialist neurological rehabilitation therapy which can be funded by the NHS. This can include specialist Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Neuropsychology input and can be delivered in either a residential setting or by attending a day care centre. Choice of placement is based upon clinical need. Due to the very special nature of such therapies, residential centres are often a long distance from home and patients considered eligible for such therapy must be willing to attend these locations in order to receive their treatment. However, if you believe you may be eligible for such rehabilitation, please speak with your Hospital Consultant or GP. They will discuss the options with you and make the necessary referrals to the ABI Nurse for East Sussex CHC if required.
‘Tertiary specialised’ rehabilitation services (Level 1) are high cost / low volume services, which provide for patients with highly complex rehabilitation needs following illness or injury, that are beyond the scope of their local general and specialist services.
Each specialised rehabilitation unit in London has its own particular specialisms such as managing patients requiring complex medical care, tracheostomies, challenging behavioural issues etc. Please check individual service specifications for more details to ensure that patients are referred to the most appropriate service(s) and choose a maximum of 3 services that are clinically suitable.
Please refer to the form available via the link below, for further guidance on referral. Referral forms should be sent directly to the individual rehabilitation units.