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“In our recent mixed media lessons we have come together as two units and made a group art piece about the British legion poppy campaign. The art piece we have made is to remember those who have lost their lives and those who are still fighting for our…
20 January 2017 Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal today opened our new hospital at Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre, Bristol. Our new hospital, which has been constructed adjacent to the existing centre increases our capacity from 29 to 52 patients. The Princess Royal was escorted on a…
To help improve understanding about eating disorders we have created a short video. If you or someone you care about has an eating disorder and you want to know more about the condition and the types of treatment which can be given then watch this.
On the 12th August we held our annual Cedar summer fete, and fun was had by all. All departments came together to make this a special event. One of our charge nurses formed a Cedar House Band, the biggest surprise on the stage were our patients who sung…
At Cedar a few years ago, we started to allow staff to bring in their dogs for the day so the patients could walk them and stroke them. The benefits of this have been outstanding. What did we observe? When the dogs were on ward, the patients were…
Aoife Walsh, charge nurse at Cedar House, is responsible for a male forensic ward and Step Down Service. Aoife has been at Cedar for 2 ½ years, and worked previously at the hospital from 2010. Aoife tells us about the Huntercombe Nurse Leadership Programme that she participated in…
Wards were encouraged to spend a morning working together to prepare festive puddings and treats to take to a shared lunch in the games room. Prizes were awarded to each ward for most festive design, most imaginative, most traditional and best pudding!
David has been recognised as a Huntercombe Hero at Blackheath. David is a Patient Activities Leader and joined the Huntercombe team in May 2016. His main role is as driver of our minibus, although he actively involves himself in all patient related activities. David works closely with others…
Judith has been recognised as one of Blackheath’s Huntercombe Heroes. She joined BBIRC back in 2010, her main role is to actively involve herself in all patient related activities. She is recognised for commitment to her role and for giving up part of her weekend to take patients…
Stocksbridge recently held an Indian Themed night, with costumes, food and decorations! Great fun was had by all.
At Murdostoun, the Neurological Care Centre and Rehabilitation Centre joined together to enjoy the sunshine by having a bbq and enjoying some outdoor games. Everyone seemed to have fun and got to enjoy time outside in the lovely outdoor area of the Neurological Care Centre. With the Scottish…
TV Newsreader, Will Glennon, raised a fantastic £2,500 when he ran the Bristol Half Marathon in aid of Frenchay BIRU. Will had spent several months at Frenchay when recovering from a serious head injuries.
Frenchay BIRU have just received their latest outcome scores from UKROC. The UK Specialist Rehabilitation Outcome Collaboration (UKROC) is a national database which collects data from centres across the UK providing rehabilitation services. It compares our patient results against those of other centres who provide the same service….
Patients and family enjoyed the Christmas party at Murdostoun, which included a Christmas Bingo, Christmas Quiz and raffle. All the staff joined in to make the day a great success and to ensure that all the patients were included in the festivities and had fun.
Huntercombe Hospital Stafford held a Tea and Talk afternoon for World Mental Health day, where patients and staff got together and have a natter whilst enjoying a good old cuppa. This gave patients from across the hospital a chance to mingle and interact with each other, they worked…
On Friday 23rd September, patients and staff at Huntercombe Hospital Stafford wore denim clothing to support the Jeans for Genes Day. A massive congratulations and Thank You to everyone that took part and organised the day, when £102.68 was raised!
We have recently refurbished our lounges for young people to make the environment as welcoming as possible.
We were delighted to have been gifted a baby grand piano from a local benefactor. We are really lucky to have amongst our very gifted young people some very talented musicians who have been thrilling us with their musical skills.
Cotswold Spa have recently had a therapy cabin built in the courtyard of the grounds which the team are using for a wide range of groups, including Pilates, relaxation and creative activities. The team also aim to display the young people’s art/creative work in this space.
The daughter of a patient at Stocksbridge has been raising money for the unit by planning a skydive! “I am planning on raising money for Stockbridge because at the age of 47 my father Simon had two serious cardiac arrests in Feb 2015 which left him brain damaged….
Three staff members at Stocksbridge received a bouquet of flowers to celebrate working 20 years working for Stocksbridge Brain Injury Unit. An outstanding achievement. Kathryn Oakley – Care manager; Lorriane Tether – Housekeeper; Michelle Goddard – Activity Coordinator. Congratulations to three lovely ladies!
Residents were really excited when the photographers visited the centre to take some pictures for our website. It was a really fun day for all those who took part!
Once a month, the team at Hothfield take the patients for a big night out. We often go to Saturn Night Club, which is held at the local football club. Here’s a picture of the team all having a boogey!