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Musgrove moves Neuro-rehabilitation services to Dene Barton to improve patient care - 29 May 2015

Musgrove moves Neuro-rehabilitation services to Dene Barton to improve patient care - 29 May 2015

Patients needing neurological-rehabilitation in Somerset will soon be able to access enhanced care and facilities when the service moves to Dene Barton Community Hospital in Cotford St Luke on Monday, 1 June 2015.

Currently the neuro-rehab service is provided onsite at Musgrove Park Hospital in Triscombe ward, alongside other more acute neurological services.  Although the environment on Triscombe ward is suitable for patients needing a higher level of medical care, it is far from ideal for neuro rehabilitation as it does not provide the right environment needed to support the rehabilitation treatment this group of patients’ needs, such as more intensive therapy treatment, getting back out into the community to go shopping, or support to do day to day tasks such as prepare food and drinks for themselves and get them ready for integrating back into their families and the community. 

Some time ago it was recognised that a new location was needed to provide neuro rehabilitation facilities in a different location and work has been ongoing to find the best location to give patients the care they need. Lydeard Ward in Dene Barton Community Hospital provides the space, facilities and surroundings to deliver excellent care and will also potentially provide the opportunity to repatriate some patients currently being care for outside of the county in the future.

Medical Director, Dr Colin Close said: “We have long been conscious that the ward we currently provide our neuro-rehabilitation care does not provide the right environment to deliver the best care and treatment to this particular group of patients.  That is why I am delighted we are able to move this service to Dene Barton Community Hospital, where a full range of care and treatment can be provided, sympathetically and in a more suitable location. 

“It is hard for those patients with us for a longer period of time to live in a busy hospital environment.  It didn’t fully support the rehabilitation they needed, so hopefully this move will greatly improve our patients’ experience.”

The first patients will move to the new neuro-rehab facilities at Dene Barton Community Hospital on Monday, 1 June 2015.