Many people are discharged from hospital with no support or information regarding the possible effects of their injury.
At Headway Cardiff we recognise the importance of receiving support from an early stage. Education and information about brain injury can help the process of adjusting to the changes. Experience has shown that removing some of the fear of the unknown can help survivors and family cope with the long road to recovery.
In order to achieve more timely support we have developed in 2 particular areas:
University Hospital Wales Cardiff – Neurological Wards
Headway Cardiff has developed an excellent working partnership with the multi-disciplinary Team working with in-patients and their families following admittance to the Neurological wards.
• Our Outreach Worker meets weekly with the team who highlight individuals who would benefit from our input.
• As a matter of course we write to all individuals discharged from the wards to introduce ourselves, also enclosing some basic information.
Rookwood Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit, Llandaff, Cardiff
This unit serves the whole of the south and parts of Mid Wales, with survivors spending anything between 3 and 12 months here.
Although the period of immediate crisis has passed and patients are generally medically stable, this is a time when families, in particular, need a lot of practical and emotional support.
Our Outreach Worker holds weekly ‘clinics’ for families and survivors on the 2 wards, providing information, practical help or simply a sympathetic ear.