Due to their devastating effect, injuries and illnesses that affect the brain strike terror in most people. Today, however, thanks to continuously improving diagnosis and treatment methods, many conditions can be treated and patients can look to the future with considerably more hope.
The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Addenbrooke’s hospital has a far-reaching reputation for excellence in the fields of neurosurgery, training of neurosurgeons and neuroscience research, and both its clinical and research staff want to maintain and strengthen this position for the benefit of the people they serve today and in the future. To do this, the centre needs specific additional support, which cannot be found by the NHS alone.
Brain injury support services
We do a thousand tasks a day without even thinking, but imagine if you couldn't remember how to make a cup of tea, set the washing machine or use your phone. We take the ability to communicate with others for granted, but it would be distressing if you couldn't tell someone that you loved them. This is the reality for a million people in the UK living with the long-term effects of brain injury.
Headway Cambridgeshire provides individually tailored rehabilitation services and support for people with brain injuries and their families, initially through two hospital brain injury co-ordinators based in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and then through providing ongoing support within the community and at their hub in Fulbourn, just outside Cambridge. The charity is working with Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) to raise future funds for this important service.