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June 2011 Support Group Meeting

Melody Weightman from ‘The Art Therapy Space’ will be joining us on 14 June 2011. She will be telling us more about the role of art therapy in helping to cope with life’s challenges. No artistic experience required!

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Harris Cartier Social Group

We are pleased to say that our social events have received very welcome sponsorship from Harris Cartier Solicitors. The next event is a meal out at Jimmy Spices in Wimbledon, on Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy a buffet meal and a chance to get to know people a bit better. We will be asking everyone to cover the prices of their drinks.

Please RSVP by Friday 20 May to supportgrouphswl@gmail.com or text/leave a message on the Social Events mobile phone on 077 58 34 53 38.

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London Bridges Walk – 15 May 2011

Tower BridgeAfter the success of last years sponsored event, Headway is looking for volunteers to participate in this years London Bridge Walk. The city of London will provide a stunning backdrop to this fun and active day out as members, family and friends cross the bridges along the Thames from Vauxhall to Tower Bridge.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to promote Headway and awareness of brain injury. So if you fancy donning your trainers and helping to support Headway please fill in the application form, call 0207 749 7790 or email any enquiries to headwayswlondon@gmail.com

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Good news for brain injured from St George’s Hospital Trust

We’re delighted to report that St George’s Hospital in Tooting has recently established a multidisciplinary head injury team. This initiative aims to ensure that every patient in the trust, irrespective of other medical conditions, is cared for by a member of that team and also that their families and carers are supported. Previously patients with head injury were located in wards throughout the hospital – and to some extent this may continue depending on their other medical needs – but now the treatment for their head injury will be coordinated by the team working closely with relevant specialists from other medical disciplines as necessary.

Lead by consultant neurologist, Dr Colette Griffin, the team comprises specialist registrar and nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech and language therapists as well as a neuro-psychologist and Head Injury Case Co-ordinator, Sarah Hilton. A new 8-bedded unit has just opened at the hospital which will bring together patients for early rehabilitation and ensure that specific treatment plans for each patient are agreed with their local primary care trust before discharge. In this way the team hopes to ensure continuity of the vital rehabilitation that each patient needs from hospital to home.

Well done St George’s! We hope that other hospitals will soon follow your lead!