Sussex Rehabilitation Centre: providing lifelong care to people in the community
26 April 2019

Sussex Rehabilitation Centre: providing lifelong care to people in the community

Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) based at Brighton general hospital, is a specialist service for children and adults who are living with neurological conditions and limb loss.

The service is made up of consultants, a nurse, prosthetists, technicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, engineers, a counsellor and support staff who all work together to address the holistic needs of patients with various conditions. The service also provide and manufacture artificial limbs, wheelchairs, specialist seating and orthotics to service users of all ages across East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Not only do they provide equipment to improve the lives of those with amputations, but SRC also provide much-needed rehabilitation, therapeutic services and most importantly, a sense of community.

The centre currently has around 1,100 active prosthetic patients who have upper and or lower limb prosthesis and will receive care from the centre on a lifelong basis.

Ann Dyson, General Manager and Bridget Davison, Deputy manager at SRC said,

"We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming service for all our patients and the highest quality prosthetic care. We are particularly proud of the fantastic multi-disciplinary work which goes on at the centre with our partners Blatchford, who help us to make the ." 

Patient story

Meet Martin, a lower limb prosthetic patient and NHS colleague, who shares his experience of being patient at SRC:

 

Coasting Together

The Coasting Together user group has been going for over ten years and was set up for patients to support each other, welcome and support new users and liaise with centre management to review and improve facilities for those accessing the service.

Over the ten years the group have been in action, they have achieved a large number of projects aimed at helping the centre to improve, some of which include providing recreational facilities such as a TV, user WI-FI access, an iPad for children to play on whilst waiting for their limb or chair adjustments and support to the snack bar.

Coasting Together regularly fund sporting events and children’s parties for the younger centre users and their siblings which allows young people to come together and have fun with others who are similar to them. Members of the user group meet every couple of months to discuss ways they can continue to support the service and make improvements for the patients who access it.

David Walker Coasting together chairman said, ‘I am proud of what we have achieved at the rehabilitation centre since we started and it’s now a key time for the centre during the redesign of the new building.’

See some photos from the latest children’s event below, which proved to be a huge success!

Find out more about Coasting Together