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Service overview

This service provides timely assessment to people and carers who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) We recognise that clients have significant and complex life long needs and is uniquely placed in Herefordshire providing timely, long term support and intervention to clients with a long term neurological condition. Acquired Brain Injury can in include; traumatic brain injury, infection/virus ABI, metabolic ABI, post concussion syndrome, tumour (not grade IV) epilepsy with a residual neurological condition. We work with clients and their carers to increase their functional and psychological wellbeing, to maximize and maintain their function to allow them to live within the community with the appropriate level of support.

Accessibility / Acceptability

We are used to working with sensitive issues including working with clients who do not speak English. We are committed to seeing any client or carer regardless of their gender, disability or culture.

Where to Find Us and How to Contact Us

Predominantly most of our assessment and intervention is carried out by therapy staff and social workers in the home environment. Delivery is dependant on the needs of the individual.

The Return to Real Life programme is currently situated in:

The Parish Centre
Belmont Abbey
Ruckhall Lane
Hereford

We offer support and advice to Staff, clients and carers in Hereford County Hospital (this is dependant on capacity of clinical staff in team).

Contact Telephone Number: 01432 363934
Fax: 01432 363911

Opening Hours

We work weekdays only from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This can vary slightly depending on the client needs. Some groups are run in the evening.

Population Served

We work mainly within the community after people have been discharged from Hospital. These patients should be registered with a Herefordshire GP. We also see clients within Monmouth and Powys under agreement with the Commissioners in these areas.

Referral Criteria and Response Time

We accept referrals from any professional within Herefordshire and from specialist rehabilitation placements around the country. The majority of referrals are received from Hereford Hospital Trust and other Acute Hospitals. Clients can make direct contact but we recommend that they contact their GP first so that they can provide the relevant medical information in the written referral.

Once a written referral is received it is screened in weekly Team meetings. Decisions on priority and appropriateness are made at these meetings.

The Team

We are a Multidisciplinary team and clients will have appropriate access to Specialist Neuro-Psychologist Specialist Neuro-Occupational Therapists, Specialist Neuro-Physiotherapist, Social workers and Carer support.

We are known as HABIT (Herefordshire Acquired Brain Injury Team) and are one of the services in Herefordshire that is uniquely positioned to provide a fully integrated multi-disciplinary approach to our clients. We provide timely, long-term support and intervention to clients with an acquired brain injury.

© Wye Valley NHS Trust 2014