Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
At our specialist centre in Bristol, we look after people over 16 who have suffered a brain injury.
We specialise in the treatment of patients with complex physical and cognitive impairments, challenging behaviours and neuropsychiatric disorders resulting from a brain injury. We offer comprehensive assessment, rehabilitation and therapy.
Age range: Adolescents over the age of 16 and adults over 18 years of age.
What we do
There are two units on our Frenchay site: Frenchay BIRU South and Frenchay BIRU North. Our Consultant-led Inter-Disciplinary Team work across both units and work seamlessly together to ensure that every team member is working towards the same practical, realistic goals and that all therapies are focused on the areas that will enable patients to achieve those clearly defined and agreed goals.
Our team at Frenchay BIRU is led by Dr Angus Graham, Medical Director and Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine and Alison Woods, Hospital Director. They are supported by an extensive team comprising nursing and rehabilitation staff, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, psychologists, activity co-ordinators, administrators, housekeeping, catering and maintenance staff. Having a philosophy where inter-disciplinary team work is all important means that our team members stay with us, resulting in an incredibly stable, experienced team.
Our regional service is for individuals with complex and severe impairments following a brain injury. They require highly specialist intensive care from a highly trained inter-disciplinary team and access to treatment and facilities that are unlikely to be available in their local area.
Patients are usually in the early stages of recovery from their brain injury and are usually admitted from an acute hospital once they are medically stable.
This service is suitable for individuals who have either completed a period of Level 1 rehabilitation and have ongoing therapy needs, or who have been assessed as having less complex rehabilitation and care requirements.
In either situation, patients have the potential to improve further to either enable a return home or to a community setting with reduced future care needs. We offer two options to reflect the different needs of our patients:
- Higher intensity for patients requiring a short period of intensive therapy
- Lower intensity for patients who would benefit from therapy spread out over a longer timeframe, for example, due to finding multiple therapy sessions fatiguing
Conditions we manage
We treat individuals from the age of 16 with an acquired or traumatic brain injury. Our service is for individuals who are medically stable with complex physical and cognitive difficulties and challenging behaviours resulting from a brain injury.
- Anoxic brain injury
- Brain injury as a result of COVID-19
- Brain tumour
- Complex stroke
- Infection such as meningitis or encephalitis
- Subarachnoid haemorrhage
- Traumatic brain injury, for example, following a road traffic accident
We are experienced at managing people with PEGS and patients in low states of arousal who require a SMART (Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique) assessment.
Some patients at Frenchay have been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) or are here under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) order.
'Thank you for everything - to you and all the team at Frenchay for the outstanding care of my daughter. Words can not describe how grateful I'm for all your help!
- 52 bedrooms split across two units
- Two independent flats
- High dependency ward
- Accessible therapy kitchens
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Two gymnasiums
- Five large day rooms, three with direct garden access
- Private landscaped gardens
- Outdoor area featuring different surfaces for walking
- Two minibuses and a car for outings and appointments
It will soon be my last day at BIRU as I will be reopening my hair salon again now. I cannot thank you and Alison enough for having me. It’s crazy to think that in the last 12 months I’ve worked at Frenchay for seven of them! I can’t think of a better way to have…
Thank you so much for taking care of our lovely girl. We really appreciate everything you have done, you have gone above and beyond and we will always remember your kindness and support.
Thank you for looking after me for all this time. I think you are great, all of you. Thanks, your team is very good people. I will miss you all.
I have enjoyed very much working with everybody. I shall miss you all! It was always a pleasure to see the good work going on there, and the very nice hospital to be in. The patients there are very lucky to be there. Thank you again for the offer of more training.
Dear BIRU, Nearly 4 years ago (Feb 2017) my father suffered a brain injury and was fortunate enough to spend 6 months in your care from June -Dec 2017. On Christmas morning, sadly he passed away following a very brief diagnosis of cancer. I just wanted to say a big thank you, particularly to Alex…
I wanted to say thank you and reflect on my time at BIRU. I have learned huge amounts. I have been able to spend time with a variety of nurses and the MDT and their professionalism, care and support has been second to none. I would especially like to thank Natasha, my mentor, and Simon,…
Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre
Tel: 0117 956 2697
- Located in the grounds of the former Frenchay Hospital, just off Junction 1 of the M32
- Within one mile of the M4 and three miles from the M5
- Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads are both close by
- Bristol Airport (12 miles)
- Free on-site parking
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North Bristol NHS Trust
North Bristol NHS Trust provides hospital and community healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Headway - The Brain Injury Association
Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by a brain injury.
Independent Neurorehabilitation Provider Alliance
INPA are a group of independent specialist health and social care providers who share the common goal of ensuring the delivery of excellent care in neurorehabilitation.
University of West of England (UWE)
UWE Bristol is a thriving, modern university offering a wide range of highly respected courses and employment-enhancing opportunities