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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation medicine focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and management of people with disabling medical conditions.

Rehabilitation medicine physicians work with people with disabilities to reduce the impact of their disease or disability on their daily life, to prevent avoidable complications and to minimise the effects of changing disability.

Rehabilitation medicine serves two main groups of people: those with neurological disabilities and those with limb loss and other musculoskeletal impairments. Some of the conditions covered are: spinal and head injuries, amputation, stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Huntington’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. In childhood these may also include cerebral palsy, spina bifida, congenital limb disorders and muscular dystrophies.

Most aspects of rehabilitation medicine require a multidisciplinary team. There is also much overlap with colleagues in other specialties in neurological, neurosurgical, orthopaedic, palliative care, psychiatric, psychological, rheumatological, vascular and pain medicine, as well as paediatric and geriatric colleagues. Social services and other non-medical agencies are often involved in the rehabilitation process to ensure that suitable care continues outside the hospital.

yogenThe Rehabilitation team is led by Mr Yogendra Jagatsinh, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine.

We offer a range of assessment, treatment and advisory services. Patients can be seen:

  • As an inpatient
  • As an outpatient
  • On a day care basis

We also visit patients on an outreach basis - in other hospitals, in residential and nursing homes, and at home.

We have a variety of specific clinical services, including:

  • Neurological Rehabilitation - To help people with any neurological and neuromuscular condition
  • Prosthetics - To help people who need a prosthetic limb, providing rehabilitation both at outset and for the rest of that person's life
  • Orthotics - To provide orthoses for anyone who needs it, whatever their underlying condition
  • Wheelchair Service - To provide wheelchairs and seating to people with mobility difficulties
  • Rehabilitation Engineering - To provide engineering solutions to people with disabilities
  • Specialist Services - To help people needing specialist services closer to home

Our mission is that all of our services are flexible, responsive and centred on the needs of our patients. We have specifically developed a system of setting goals with a patient to ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of therapy. This is mainly used for inpatient rehabilitation.

GPs can refer directly into our Rehabilitation services and the necessary guidelines and forms are available within the GP referral forms section.