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New Service to Help Brain Injury Victims in Dorset


9:51am 1st July 2014

Next month there will be new dedicated rehab service for people living with brain injuries in Dorset.

Each year around 200 people in the county sustain a moderate brain injury and may have behavioural or emotional problems that require rehabilitation.

The new service that starts running today (Tuesday 1st June) will allow the patients to receive clinical support and care packages near to where they live.

Dorset HealthCare's Associate Director Chris Kennedy told us it's important that we can have services that are available closer to home and that we encourage carers and patients to support themselves, with our support, in the community:

"We believe that community-based services lead to the best outcomes for our patients.  We're really pleased that NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group has seen this opportunity for local people.

We will now be able to provide a complete pathway of care for these patients near to their own homes, based on their needs and expectations."

Jane Pike is Director of Service Delivery with NHS Dorset CCG, she added:

"Each year around 200 people in Dorset sustain a moderate acquired brain injury and may have behavioural, emotional and cognitive problems, requiring rehabilitation.

Over the coming weeks we will be working closely with Dorset HealthCare and local clinicians to ensure that from 1 July 2014 the new service is well publicised and ready to help local people".

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