Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

Rehabilitation for people who have a brain injury or neurological condition

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Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

80-82 Blackheath Hill,
London SE10 8AD

Tel: 020 8692 4007

Fax: 020 8694 8316

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Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

At Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, we look after people over 18 who have a brain injury or neurological condition.

There are two wards in our Blackheath site: Thames Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and Heathside Unit. Across the two wards we provide assessment, rehabilitation, support and care.

Close to shops, restaurants and parks in vibrant Blackheath Village and nearby Greenwich, patients at our centre can enjoy regular outings, and throughout their stay with us, they will be encouraged to make their own choices and be as independent as they can be.

Unfortunately, we can’t support people who need tracheostomy or nasogastric care.

Getting here

  • Located in South East London close to Blackheath Common and Greenwich Park

  • Directly on the A2

  • Greenwich, Lewisham and Blackheath stations all nearby

  • London City Airport, 7 miles away

  • There is limited on-site parking

What's here

  • 35 beds split over two units, many en-suite

  • On-site hydrotherapy pool and gymnasium

  • Leisure and recreational equipment including dedicated therapy room and kitchen

  • Large communal living areas with flat-screen televisions, DVD players and games console

  • Multi-faith room

While you're here

  • Extensive therapeutic activities programme

  • Optional recreational programme available

  • Mini-bus and car for outings and appointments

  • Patient laundry service

Care at Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre

Specialist Rehabilitation

We provide assessment and intense rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries and other neurological conditions. We treat people who no longer need the high level of nursing care provided by an NHS hospital but would benefit from a short but intensive period of rehabilitation.

Complex Disability Management

This service is for people who have problems associated with a brain injury or neurological condition and who cannot be looked after at home, usually because of the high level of nursing care they need. Patients may also need regular medical investigations or monitoring which are not easily available in a normal residential home or their own home.

Who we treat

The conditions we treat include: traumatic brain injury (e.g. following a road accident), anoxic brain injury, subarachnoid haemorrhage, infection such as meningitis or encephalitis or complex stroke or brain tumour.

Some patients at Blackheath have been detained under the Mental Health Act or are here under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (DoLS) order.

We accept patients with PEGs and patients who do not appear to be responding to the outside world (sometimes described as being in a "low state of arousal" or in a "vegetative state"). We assess patients using the "SMART" tool - the Sensory Modality Assessment Rehabilitation Technique.

What people say about us

Reviews of our approach and how we've helped our patients

To all the staff at the Blackheath Thames Brain Injury Unit.  Thank you for all you have done for my wife since her admission in August. She is a different person and we have been... Read more >


The care that my sister has received at Blackheath is just so good, and I thank you and your superb staff for all that you have done for my sister.

Family member

Thank you for helping my sister and helping her through recovery, you all do an amazing job


I just wanted to thank you all again.  It was amazing to learn off all of you and still to this day I impressed by the job you all do.  To see the progress you achieve is nothing... Read more >

Student placement

To all the staff in Heathside unit.  Words are not enough to express our appreciation.  Thank you for all the care, kindness and support of our relative.

Family member

I can't tell you how much I appreciate everything you're doing for mum and so grateful that you're giving her the best possible chance of an independent life after such a traumatic accident.

Family member

To all the fantastic staff on Heathside unit.  We are so grateful for all you have done in caring for my dad during his time with you.  We will never be able to thank you enough and... Read more >

Family member

The level of attentiveness and care this lady has received here has restored my faith in healthcare.

Specialty Doctor

I'd just like to say a massive thank you for all you've done for my wife there.  I've been very impressed with the progress she's made since she's been with you.  Please pass on my... Read more >

Family member

Thank you to everyone at Blackheath and for all the care he received.  You are all wonderful stars.


I would like to thank everyone for the excellent care you have given me during my stay.  I hugely appreciate what everyone has done to help me recover.  From the therapist to the... Read more >

Former patient

They all cared...simple..and effective. Thanks all of you.

Former patient

Advice and Support

Involving people in their care

We believe we get better outcomes when people are involved in the assessing and planning of their care, and this includes families too. We are solution focused and goal-orientated, and we encourage families and friends to be involved with goal setting, therapy and discharge planning throughout their loved one’s care and rehabilitation.

The Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre team

Our hospital director, John Huntley, leads a team that includes a consultant in neuropsychiatry, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, neuropsychologists, and a comprehensive support team. We also have a community liaison officer and sessional visits from a consultant in neurorehabilitation, and a weekly GP ward round.

Who we work with

We work with the Independent Neurological Provider Alliance and have close links with Goldsmiths University.