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Support for patients highlighted in Brain Injury Week

Posted on Wednesday 15th May 2013
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Staff at the Cumberland Infirmary are working with local charity Headway North Cumbria to ensure brain injury patients and their carers are aware of the full range of support available to them.

To tie in with Action for Brain Injury Week, which runs until Friday 17 May, representatives of Headway were invited onto Elm C ward at the Carlisle hospital where many brain injury patients are cared for, to meet staff and patients and explain what extra help they can offer.

The charity runs a support group once a month in the hospital’s Assessment and Therapy Centre which all brain injury patients and their family and friends are welcome to attend. This is from 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month. From next month Headway will be on Elm C for an hour before the support group, from 6pm, to speak to patients and staff on the ward.

Susie Wilson, of Headway North Cumbria, said: “Sustaining a brain injury is a very traumatic experience and it is very easy for people to feel they have to cope on their own. We just want patients and their carers to know that we are out there and can help them come to terms with their injury and support them in the longer term.

“Getting together with others in a similar situation can really help people deal with some of the problems they face getting their lives back on track.”

Yogendra Jagatsinh, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, welcomed the chance to build stronger links with the charity. He said: “There are many causes of acquired brain injury, from road accidents and falls, to tumours and stroke. We can offer patients rehabilitation which is really important to their recovery, but the support of an organisation such as Headway and other brain injury patients is also highly beneficial.”

Headway North Cumbria will have a stand in the atrium at the Cumberland Infirmary this week with information about their work and the support they can offer. More information can also be found online at or