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New male brain injury service now open to referrals



St Andrew’s Healthcare has announced the opening of a new male brain injury ward.

Church ward is taking referrals for men with an acquired or traumatic brain injury and co-occuring complex needs, cognitive deficits and behaviours that may be challenging their current communities or services.

The new ward sits alongside the established Tallis at the beginning of the St Andrew’s Brain Injury pathway, meeting the demands of growing waiting lists across the sector.

This extension to the service will enable St Andrew’s’ specialist multi-disciplinary team to effectively triage needs and select the most appropriate environment to rapidly stabilise people and support them to progress from admissions to rehabilitation at the earliest opportunity.

Dr Muthusamy Natarajan is Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Director for St Andrew’s Neuropsychiatry Service.

Dr Natarajan said: “The creation of the 10 bed Church ward will enable people with a complex ABI or TBI to secure a placement that they so badly need whilst adding a crucial additional step in our service pathway between admission and rehabilitation.”

A light, bright and modern space, Church is an uplifting ward environment with numerous therapy and activity rooms which are easily accessible for all patients including those with significant physical health needs.

Adjacent to the ward, the Taylor Therapy Suite offers a therapeutic kitchen, library, music room and gym.

As part of St Andrew’s’ highly specialist neuropsychiatric pathway, an on-site multi-disciplinary team will work across Church, with a neurobehavioural approach and wrap-around care provided by Consultant Psychiatrists, Neuro and Clinical Psychologists, qualified Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Social Workers and Healthcare Assistants.

To arrange a visit to Church and meet the clinical team or to discuss how St Andrew’s can help you with the placement of a person who, following an Acquired or Traumatic Brain Injury, may be struggling due to complex needs and behaviours, contact Robert Walsh, Strategic Partnership Manager on rwalsh@stah.org