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Acquired Brain Injury Service (ABI)

People experiencing an acquired brain injury do not have an easily defined and predictable road to recovery. They may need an individualised rehabilitation package to enable them to reach their optimum recovery.

We are a small team comprising Occupational Therapy, Clinical Neuropsychology, a rehabilitation technician and a service coordinator. The ABI Service have expertise in the area of brain injury and adopt a person centred ethos, working within local and national evidence based guidelines.

The Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Service is a county wide service that strives to ensure that people, who have complex needs following an acquired brain injury, receive timely, person-centred and evidence-based rehabilitation.

What we do

The service comprises three main elements:

  1. Assessment – When possible, we request that local services carry out further assessments to identify current needs. These guide action plans are established with the service user, other professionals, family and/or carers.
  2. Provision and co-ordination of rehabilitation by local services – When possible we request local services provide rehabilitation. This may be within an intermediate care bed in Bedfordshire or within the patient’s own home. The ABI Service will be involved with co-ordinating this intervention, and may provide clinical input, supporting local services where required.
  3. Management of specialist placements – For those whose requirements are beyond the scope of local services or those who meet NHS continuing healthcare criteria, the ABI Service will make recommendations for placements such as specialist rehabilitation services or nursing homes. The ABI Service will apply for NHS funding and provide casemanagement. The ABI Service will monitor progress and facilitate discharge from specialist services to home or alternative placements working in partnership with other agencies involved.

Who do we see? 

We provide a service to people who:

  • are over 18 years old and are registered with a Bedfordshire GP
  • have sustained a significant acquired brain injury, which is evidenced by scans and medical records
  • are likely to have had a loss of consciousness for longer than 30 minutes, been disorientated and confused for more than a day, had a Glasgow Coma Score of less than 8, and/or a loss of concurrent (ongoing) memory.

Causes 

 An acquired brain injury may have been caused by an event such as: 

  • trauma e.g. assault, road traffic accident
  • Cerebral Anoxia - lack of oxygen to the brain due to a medical emergency such as heart attack
  • Complex Cerebral Vascular Accident, such as stroke or haemorrhage
  • infection such as encephalitis, or meningitis
  • non progressive tumour.

When and where will we see you?
Referrals to the ABI Service are made by Health or Social Care professionals. Once a referral has been received with the required medical and social history, a member of the ABI Service will be allocated to offer an assessment.

The patient can be seen with their family at the hospital, in their home or any other clinical setting.

Where our service is based

Acquired Brain Injury Service
Disability Resource Centre
Poynters Road
Dunstable
Bedfordshire, LU5 4TP

How to contact our service

Tel: 01582 709037
Fax: 01582 709057
Monday to Friday 8:00 - 16:00 (answerphone available)

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