Hospital Liaison

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At Headway Somerset we recognise that the sooner we can offer support and information to you and your family following your acquired brain injury the better. We understand how bewildering and frightening it can be in the early stages following illness or surgery, especially for relatives. With this in mind we have two Hospital Liaison Workers who visit Yeovil District Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and SNRC (Somerset Neurological Rehabilitation Centre) based at Dene Barton Community Hospital, Cotford St. Luke.

Information about the Hospital Liaison Service is available on the key wards at each of the hospitals and you are welcome to make contact directly with the team (details below) or to ask ward staff to make contact on your behalf (Occupational, Physio and Speech and Language Therapists are the best points of contact).

 How can we help?

 We can:

  • give you some idea what to expect in the first weeks and months
  • provide/ signpost you to Headway UK fact sheets and booklets (Headway UK publications and website headway.org.uk offer a comprehensive range of advice and information)
  • advise you about help you might be able to get from your local authority or health services
  • signpost you to community organisations who can help
  • put you in touch with advice on benefits and finances
  • help you explain what’s happened to your children, wider family and friends

 

Or, you might just need someone to sit down with who will listen to your experience, fears and concerns

 

The Headway Somerset Hospital Liaison Team also regularly facilitate a series of educational workshops about Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) at SNRC. These workshops are open to SNRC patients and their families.

 

Support for Families

Top Tips for relatives, supporters and carers

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The sudden change in circumstances that families have to cope with following ABI can be traumatic.

 

We recognise the importance of peer support for relatives and our monthly Relatives Group is a great opportunity to meet others, gain information about acquired brain injury, find out strategies which may help you cope and gain support.

 Contact Details

 

Wendy Copeman (normal working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00am - 3:30pm) Mobile: 07514 753384

Email: [email protected]