Staff from Caversham Ward at the RBFT held a special event for healthcare colleagues to showcase the fantastic work they are doing in the field of neurological rehabilitation.
The dedicated unit, which specialises in the care of patients recovering from neurosurgery or neurological conditions such as a stroke, brain injury or tumour, is different to many other wards in the hospital in that the pace is slower due to the complex needs of every patient. A team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists work together to rehabilitate patients in preparation for their return home. The ward manager, Clare Gould, works with her team to set the rehabilitation programmes with the multidisciplinary team.
Dr Hamid Sultan, Consultant in Neuro-Rehabilitation explained: “We are extremely proud of the facility we have here at the Royal Berks. It’s a wonderful environment in which to recover and be rehabilitated. It is vitally important that patients with neurological conditions receive specialised care to obtain the best recovery possible. Here on the unit, teams led by Dr Faraz Jeddi and myself discuss treatment options with the team and set goals with each of our patients. We provide daily individual timetables so that patients know what is planned for the day ahead.”
The first months, following a neurological event, are when patients most require the therapies provided on Caversham Ward - the base for The Berkshire Neurorehabilitation Unit - with access to a range of facilities. Therapy could include a visit to the gym or hydro-pool, practising every day skills in the kitchen or spending time in the therapy garden. The unit is also staffed with clinical psychologists to help cognitive recovery and coping strategies, along with speech and language therapy to improve communication skills such as talking, and learning to read and write again.
Dr Sultan continued: “Patients could be on the unit for up to twelve weeks followed by a carefully planned discharge to ensure they receive the support needed to return to everyday life after leaving hospital, and good working partnerships with brain injury support charities such as Headway Thames Valley and The Stroke Association are essential to provide continuing support.”
Robert Lamperd, a former occupational therapist on the unit and now a regular visitor in his role with the organisation Headway said: “Being a patient on Caversham Ward provides patients with the best start on their often long journey of recovery and adjustment following brain injury.”