Brain injury figures ‘cause for concern’
Big increase in hospital admissions
NEW figures have revealed a ‘shocking’ increase in the amount of brain injury hospital admissions.
Hospital admissions in the South East of England for patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) diagnoses have increased by 16 per cent since 2006/7, according to a new report issued by brain injury charity Headway.
The report has been met with concern by the local branch, Headway South Bucks, which is trying to reach out into the community to support ABI survivors and their families and carers.
There were more than 46,000 hospital admissions for acquired brain injury in the region last year for issues including non- superficial head injuries, strokes, brain tumours, encephalitis, and a variety of additional conditions.
Using hospital admissions statistics, the charity has compiled the first dataset on ABIrelated hospital admissions in the UK.
Service manager of Headway South Bucks Jenny Saxton said: “These new figures are a real cause for concern. Admission to hospital for an ABI-related diagnosis does not necessarily mean a patient will be left with short or long-term deficits requiring rehabilitation or support.
“Many others, however, will not be so lucky and will face an arduous battle to rebuild their lives and relearn lost skills most of us take for granted, including walking and talking. Even those who make good recoveries are still likely to require some short-term support and information from charities such as Headway South Bucks.
Such a significant number of people admitted to hospital with ABI-related diagnoses, coupled with the fact the majority of these people will survive, suggests an ever-increasing demand on our services.
“We hope that these statistics will make people realise that brain injury is more common than they may have realised. It can happen to anyone at any time and, when it does, we’re here to help. But we need more support to ensure we can continue to support local people to rebuild their lives.”
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