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NHS Rehabilitation Medicine Services

The Rehabilitation Services in Leeds are designated a National Demonstration Centre in Rehabilitation.

They serve an immediate catchment area of 750,000 persons (for secondary care) with tertiary referral from a population of 3.5 million in Yorkshire. The Leeds based Rehabilitation Medicine clinical services are provided by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. Other Rehabilitation Medicine in Yorkshire include those provided by Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, MidYorkshire NHS Trust; Harrogate District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Chapel Allerton Hospital (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) there is a designated multidisciplinary specialist 22 bedded neurological rehabilitation unit. The patient group consists of those people admitted to the acute wards with neurological conditions or who develop neurological conditions and who require specialist inpatient rehabilitation prior to discharge from hospital. There are close working relationships locally with Rheumatology and Orthopedics and at the acute sites with neurology and neurosurgery. The present Chapel Allerton Hospital was opened in 1994 by HRH the Duchess of Kent. A modern, purpose-built facility designed to address the needs of people with disabling conditions caused by musculoskeletal and neurological diseases.

Chapel Allerton Hospital has nationally and internationally recognised centres of excellence in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Medicine and houses the NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit. The Chapel Allerton Orthopaedic Centre (CHOC) opened in the hospital in January 2005 and is the Trust's dedicated centre for the diagnosis, management and treatment of adult patients with orthopaedic conditions.

Within the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust there is a liaison rehabilitation service at St James’s University Hospital which include providing assessment and rehabilitation treatment and advice for inpatients on medical and surgical wards and critical care environments who have neurological conditions causing disability. This work is supported by a dedicated multidisciplinary team consisting of a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist and a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist. In practice this means working closely with physicians and surgeons, nurses and therapists on acute medical and surgical wards to enable people on these wards to access high quality rehabilitation. In addition, there are developments at Leeds General Infirmary to provide major trauma centre services including rehabilitation. Seacroft Hospital accommodates the large Regional Amputee Rehabilitation Service. This service has recently been awarded the title “National centre of excellence” for its holistic approach to patient care. There are also wheelchair, special seating and orthotics services on this site. The hospital also has the specialised Pain management service.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides community based medical rehabilitation services to adults with neurological conditions requiring long-term rehabilitation and disability management. This service comprises the Community Rehabilitation Unit, a 10-bedded unit which assesses and manages medical and rehabilitation needs of disabled people living in the community. The Community Stroke Team and the newly established multidisciplinary community neurology team provide rehabilitation input to patients in their own homes following discharge from the acute hospitals. There is also a range of other services on site including the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre an independent charitable organisation providing advice on equipment for people with disability as well as specialist driving assessment centre.

The Rehabilitation Services in Wakefield serves an immediate catchment area of 250,000 persons (for secondary care) with tertiary referral (Spinal Cord Injury) from a population of 3.5 million in Yorkshire. The clinical services are within MidYorkshire NHS Trust. At Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield (30-minute drive from Leeds) there is a Neurological Rehabilitation Centre with in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities including spasticity services. The Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injuries Centre (also on this site) provides life long management of patients with traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries and spinal paralysis.

Further rehabilitation facilities including in-patient and outpatient services are based at Airedale and Harrogate District hospitals.

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