About the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) in London cares for adults who have suffered a brain injury or have other neurological impairments. Our patients may have had a car accident or a stroke, or they have a condition like Motor Neurone Disease. Whatever the reason they have come to the hospital, the staff make it a priority to ensure that every patient gets the most out of life, and wheelchairs play a huge part in that experience.
The difference a wheelchair can make
Without a good quality, customised wheelchair many of our patients would not be able to get out of bed, let alone engage in their recovery process or take part in social activities such as art classes, swimming and day trips.
Five years ago, Joy, a patient at the RHN had an allergic reaction to medication and suffered a brain injury as a result. Because her brain
had been damaged, Joy wasn’t able to get out of bed for nearly a year, by which time she could not use a standard wheelchair.
However, when Joy was admitted to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability 18 months ago, our team of Specialist Seating Technicians immediately measured her for a customised wheelchair, which gave her the chance to sit upright and go outside for the first time in a year.
The new wheelchair brought huge benefits for both Joy and her husband Carlos, and they are not just health related.
“Even simple things like her being able to sit up when people visit and have a conversation at eye level make a big difference to Joy’s quality of life. Having her own wheelchair gives Joy a sense of independence and we can actually go out and do things that we couldn't do before. We all need stimulation and if you’re stuck in bed all the time your brain is not being stimulated as much as it should be.”
How it works
Our Wheelchair and Seating team individually assess each patient who comes to us and build a wheelchair based on their needs and abilities. This means that each person has a wheelchair that exactly matches their individual body shape and range of movement.
Specialist wheelchairs can improve posture and prevent pressure sores, as well as improving breathing and digestion. They also allow a patient to move around the hospital, engage in conversation and use a computer. The Wheelchair and Seating team are constantly innovating to create new components for wheelchairs so that each patient is supported in the best way possible.
The RHN is a registered charity
As an independent charity hospital the RHN fundraises for the wheelchair and specialist seating service, which is available to patients during their assessment and rehabilitation programme. This appeal will provide funding for 10 brand new wheelchairs to assist with patient assessment.