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Action for Brain Injury Week

Posted on the 16th May 2016

The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Service based at Guild Lodge in Preston held an event on 13 May to raise awareness of national Action for Brain Injury Week.

Action for Brain Injury Week takes place between 9 and 15 May 2016 with the aim of raising awareness of brain injuries with this year’s theme looking at concussion in sport. The campaign is led by Headway, a national brain injury charity, and backed by governing bodies in sport such as the RFU.

The Acquired Brain Injury Service at Guild Lodge has marked the week by bringing together members of staff, service users and partner organisations for an informative and fun-filled day at the site. The service invited families and carers of service users to come along for the day to take part in a range of activities including trying music playing, different sports, learning relaxation techniques, competitions and much more! There was also the opportunity to speak to service users and members of staff about life on one of the four ABI wards and the types of services on offer to help people with an acquired or traumatic brain injury with their recovery.

Mark Love, Occupational Therapy Manager for ABI and Men’s Services, Guild Lodge at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Action for Brain Injury Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the services and support available for people with an acquired or traumatic brain injury. Using the sports theme of this year’s national campaign, we invited families and carers to come to Guild Lodge and spend some time with our service users and staff to get a really good feel for what we do within the service as well as the chance to speak with members of the multi-disciplinary team about the work they do. The day was a huge success; we were able to raise awareness of the support available for those with brain injuries as well as having a lot of fun in the process!”

The ABI service provides care to patients who have impairments as a result of an acquired or traumatic brain injury in addition to stroke and other neurological conditions. The service consists of medium and low secure care and a dedicated ‘step-down’ service all of which offer 24 hour nursing care and work towards reintegration back into the local community. The service provides treatments such as occupational therapy, psychology and nursing. Together with input from speech and language therapy and physiotherapy these treatments contribute towards personal goals set by the patients to reduce the level of impact the injury has on their independence. Occupational Therapists help services users to develop transferable skills and provide structure into their routine during their time within the service. To find out more information about the Trust’s ABI service please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/ABI.