Brain in­jury fig­ures ‘cause for con­cern’

Big in­crease in hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01628 850 315 or email ser­vice­m­an­ager@head­waysouth­bucks.org.uk.

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