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.
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.
Nursing care for adults with complex cognitive, physical and emotional support needs; and those with a disorder of consciousness or with airway rehabilitation needs, including patients with minimal responses.
‘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.
We provide wide-ranging care for people suffering from complex conditions related to, or caused by, acquired/traumatic brain injury and other neurological illnesses, including spinal cord injury. We deliver these services in both hospital and community settings across the South of England.
We are the only anthroposophic hospital in the UK and serve the population nationally, in addition to providing services internationally with our expertise in neurological disorders and rehabilitation. We work closely with NHS and social care colleagues to deliver integrated care that is shaped to an individual’s needs, which is regularly reviewed. We employ more than 200 staff, including doctors, general nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and many other healthcare professionals.