A BRAIN injury rehabilitiation ward has opened at Leamington Hospital.
The new state-of-the-art ward at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU) offers neurorehabilitation services to patients with brain injuries from across the country.
The Allsopp Ward includes improved areas for therapy and relaxation, with spaces designed to create a more calming environment for patients with brain injuries.
The South Warwickshire Foundation Trust has involved patients and their families throughout the development process – with their experiences key to informing the plans.
Trust spokeswoman Sophie Gilkes said: “I am so pleased that the new ward is now welcoming patients, they have been at the heart of this project so it is fantastic to see them benefit from improved facilities.
“The unit provides specialist services to patients whose rehabilitation needs can be complex and multi-faceted, so the new ward is very much focused on our patients’ journey and will support the delivery of exceptional care in a spacious, modern and purpose-built environment.”
Dr Elie Okirie, clinical director for CERU, said: “The most important thing for us as specialist clinicians is always patient outcome, so I am delighted to see the opening of a new state of the art rehabilitation ward at CERU, a national Level 1 specialised rehabilitation service.
“The new ward will better enable our interdisciplinary team to achieve the very best outcome for our patients.
“The enhanced aesthetics can only add to our warm and friendly environment. The opening of the new ward affirms CERU as a regional lead provider of clinically excellent neurorehabilitation which is patient-centred, multi-disciplinary and cost effective.”
Claire Cave, wife of a CERU patient, was very impressed with the facilities on the new ward.
She said: “Everything has been very well thought out for both the patients and their families.
“I am sure that patients will appreciate the consideration that has been put into making them as comfortable as possible and that family members will feel the same.”