Princess Anne will visit Swindon on 7th May 2013 to open a new £3.5m Hospital for people with brain injury.
Where is the Hospital?
Chalkdown House in Edison Park, Dorcan, Swindon, SN3 3FR.
What is it?
Chalkdown House is a purpose built rehabilitation facility featuring:
- en-suite bedrooms
- spacious living accommodation
- dining areas
- leisure areas
- therapy rooms
What will it offer?
Rehabilitation for 20 people with brain injuries all led by a specialist clinical team.
The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT)
Susan Munroe, the Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Her Royal Highness will be formally opening the new service, and we are very appreciative of her support for Chalkdown House and the work that The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) does. This much-needed independent hospital will be a great asset to people living in the south west with brain injuries, and will ensure that a full range of rehabilitation and support services is available to those who need it.”
People who suffer acquired brain injuries (such as those brought on by a road traffic accident) can experience a number of different effects on their lives:
- Physical pain
- Physical limitations
- Sight, speech and senses problems
- Less day to day insight
- Shorter life expectancy
- Dependency on others
- Communication problems
- Behavioural problems
- Concentration and Memory problems
When someone suffers a brain injury it is important that fast action is taken to arrange basic things such as:
- MRI scans
- Home modifications
- Nursing care
- Occupational Therapists
- Financial Support
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