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Neurological centre set to expand

Plans have been approved for the expansion of a specialist rehabilitation service located at Sue Ryder The Chantry - to a 32 bed neurological centre.

The new development will enable the centre to support more people requiring specialist neurological rehabilitation, particularly those who have suffered an acquired brain injury. 

The first three rooms opened last year and have provided successful programmes of intensive therapy, delivered by an expert healthcare team, helping people to regain their physical function, social skills and confidence.

The Centre has just been awarded an overall ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. This is the highest level that can be awarded and is due, in part, to the way The Chantry responded  to  the need for this specialist type of rehabilitation provision in Suffolk and the way the service has been developed.   

The service has helped people like Ray Baker, a business owner who sustained a life-threatening brain injury in a road accident. Ray was referred to Sue Ryder The Chantry following an extended stay in an acute hospital ward. The specialist healthcare team which includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapist and neuro psychologist worked with Ray to create a tailored programme of therapy and after a five  week stay he was able to return  to  his family home.

Speaking of the support Sue Ryder offered him, Ray said: “In hospital there had not been much in the way of physiotherapy support, but from my first day at The Chantry the staff got me working hard and I never looked back.  I had two sessions a day in the physiotherapy gym and by the time I left I was able to walk using just two sticks – which was a triumph. I never had a bad day at the centre, everyone was absolutely brilliant.”

Sue Ryder has collaborated on this project with Ipswich Hospital, and Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Jo Marshall, Centre Director at Sue Ryder The Chantry said: “We remain the only provider for highly complex needs in Suffolk.  By working collaboratively with Ipswich Hospital and Ipswich East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs, we are now in a positon to expand our specialist rehabilitation service offering it to more local people who need it . I am delighted that this work alongside our other service provision at The Chantry has been recognised as ‘Outstanding’ in our recent CQC inspection report. 

"As well as the specialist rehabilitation service, Sue Ryder The Chantry will continue to provide medium and long term care for people with complex neurological disabilities as well as day and community services."

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