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Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU)

The Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) specialises in early inpatient rehabilitation for young adult patients after single incident neurological events other than spinal injury. It is a custom built ground floor Unit specifically designed to meet the needs of our patients.

The Unit is commissioned by NHS England and consequently the RNRU is able to accept patients from anywhere in the UK however it primarily serves treats patients who live, or have been admitted to hospital, in North-East London and Essex. The majority of our patients have suffered head injuries, strokes, subarachnoid haemorrhages or other forms of diffuse brain damage resulting, for example, from certain infections or cardiorespiratory arrest. We also admit a small number of patients who have been diagnosed with other conditions requiring multi-disciplinary rehabilitation such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Our admission criteria include people in minimally conscious states and patients with tracheostomy tubes.

A patient at the RNRU hand therapy group

The unit primarily serves patients who live, or have been admitted to hospital, in North-East London and Essex. It also takes patients from the rest of the greater London area and the surrounding areas when appropriate. 

We see younger patients predominantly after single incident neurological events other than complete spinal injury. The majority of our patients have suffered head injuries, strokes, subarachnoid haemorrhages or other forms of diffuse brain damage resulting, for example, from certain infections or cardiorespiratory arrest. We also admit a small number of patients who have been diagnosed with other conditions requiring multi-disciplinary rehabilitation such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

Our admission criteria include people in minimally conscious states and patients with tracheostomy tubes. 

 

Services offered

  • comprehensive assessment and definition of need for early neurological rehabilitation
  • disability management and placement set-up planning
  • spasticity services
  • dedicated neuro-orthotics service
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • neuropsychology
  • social work
  • medical services
  • dedicated leisure co-ordinator and volunteers
  • resident art curator and established art projects with local and visiting artists
  • workshop technician
  • formal family education groups
  • counsellor specialised in therapy for people and families living with brain injury
  • wifi enabled throughout the unit

About the unit

Patient and therapist in RNRU gym

The unit is purpose built and has 27 beds. It has been designed to ensure that all facilities benefit from spacious, modern accommodation. It is integrated with the acute medical and surgical services of the hospital, so that patients can begin their rehabilitation early after an acute illness. At the same time it provides an ideal therapeutic environment for retraining in all activities of daily living and the adjustment process for patients and families.

The comprehensive facilities include high, medium and low dependency ward areas, individual rooms, a transitional flatlet, ADL kitchen and laundry, communication group room, a family room, a therapeutic workshop, computer training facilities, individual physical therapy areas, a physiotherapy gym and a self-contained therapy garden.

Leisure activities are promoted as a way to provide meaningful opportunities for individuals to express themselves and fill free time. Our proximity to the amenities of Hackney enables us to make out and about groups, cinema clubs and local exhibitions all part of our therapeutic approach.

Drawing on a collaborative multi-disciplinary team approach we strive to offer excellence in rehabilitation.

Making an appointment

art therapy workshop

Patients are usually referred from acute beds in neurosurgical, neurology units or district general hospitals. Referral is generally through the responsible consultant in the acute hospital and should be made as soon as possible after acute illness by completing the referral form (obtained from the unit administrator) or available here.

How to contact us

For referral or general information contact the unit administrator on 020 8510 7970, fax: 020 8510 7318.

To contact the ward tel: 020 8510 7969.

 

Key staff

Consultants

Dr Richard Greenwood
Consultant neurologist with a special interest in general neurology, stroke, epilepsy and rehabilitation of brain injury (via RNRU). He is the lead consultant for the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU)

Dr Clarence Liu
Consultant neurologist with a special interest in brain injury and neurological rehabilitation

Other key staff include:

  • Ward manager
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Unit administrator
  • Clinical neuropsychologist
  • Head occupational therapist
  • Clinical specialist physiotherapist
  • Manager of the outreach team
  • Dedicated unit social worker
  • Leisure co-ordinator
  • Workshop technician
  • Art curator
  • Clinical specialist speech and language therapist
  • Counselling psychologist

Related services

RNRU Follow-up Clinic (020 8510 7970) continues to see patients after discharge, initially after three months and then usually on a six-monthly or yearly basis where necessary.

RNRU Outreach Team (020 8510 7967), will see patients after discharge in the community to further progress the patient on their rehabilitation pathway.

The Botulinum Toxin Injection Clinic (020 8510 7651) is also based at the RNRU. It is run by Dr Paul Jarman,  consultant neurologist and neuro-physiotherapists, Zoe Gallimore and Andrea Shipley. Patients are seen for the treatment and management of spasticity, dystonia and migraines. Allied health professionals who would like to refer a patient to the clinic should complete the referral form available here and fax it to 0208 510 7318, marked for the attention of the RNRU Outreach Team. 

Useful links

Headway - https://www.headway.org.uk/home.aspx
Stroke Association - http://www.stroke.org.uk/
Connect - http://www.ukconnect.org/
Aphasia society - http://www.bas.org.uk/
GBS society - http://www.gbs.org.uk/
Encephalitis Society - http://www.encephalitis.info/