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Spotlight on Department: Sussex Rehabilitation Centre

Date: 10 November 2021

Cheque presentation at Sussex Rehabilitation Centre

Today we would like to highlight the work of the prosthetic limb service at the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, an out-patient department located at Brighton General Hospital. 

Sussex Rehabilitation Centre provides a prosthetic limb service to amputees and people with congenital limb loss and also deals with pain management, wound healing and health screening to prevent further limb loss. The production, maintenance and repair of artificial limbs, all takes place on site. 

The patients using the service are often connected to the service for life, which leads to a friendly environment where the patients are often known well by staff.

One of the wonderful ways the service can help patients is through a bursary scheme, which relies on charitable donations.  This works by patients applying for funding for an activity or specialist equipment that would help with their rehabilitation.

The funding may be for something that would help with mobility such as specialist crutches to play football, or an adapted bike to offer more independence.  It could also support an adapted activity such as learning how to play guitar or adaptations for bicycles.  One patient received funding for horse carriage-driving lessons which led to successful competition in this field. 

“We have been very fortunate to have received generous donations from patients and their friends and families through the various challenges and fundraising events undertaken. Through careful management of the funds raised, we have been able to allocate the donations to fund a variety of activities and equipment for our patients. This has not only enhanced and complemented the rehabilitation accessed from the centre, but has been of benefit to their general wellbeing”.                                                                                                                    - Sussex Rehabilitation Centre

Recently, the friends and family of Paul Jenkins embarked on a 17 mile walk along Sussex's beautiful Seven Sisters coastal path to honour his memory and raise funds for Sussex Rehabilitation Centre where Paul had received dedicated care.Sussex Community NHS Charity raises funds to provide the Trust with grants to cover the costs of projects which go above and beyond what the NHS core funding provides for, and with the kind support of our community, we are able to help support Sussex Rehabilitation Centre’s bursary fund.

The team of loved ones have raised over £6,000 for Sussex Rehabilitation Centre - funding which will go into a bursary pot in honour of Paul.

If you would like to help support the department via a donation or fundraising, please visit our website for more details or get in touch with our friendly fundraising team.