Patients move to brand new rehabilitation unit

December 22 2018
Patients move to brand new rehabilitation unit

A Chipping Sodbury man who is recovering from a stroke is among those who are benefitting from a new unit.

 Chris Alcock, 78, was one of 15 patients who left the Henderson Ward at Thornbury hospital to move to a new unit in the town.  Chris said: “The nurses have tried really hard to make things easier for people on the ward, but it has been cramped; I was looking forward to moving.”  

The new unit is called the Henderson Rehabilitation Unit, and it’s sited within The Orders of St John Care Trust Grace Care Centre.  It’s staffed and managed by Sirona who provide community adult and children services across South Gloucestershire for the NHS.

Ward manager Rebecca Thomas said: ““Chris couldn’t walk when he first came to Thornbury; now he can thanks to the skills and experience of the staff.  All the staff are moving with us to the new unit so this, with the much improved environment and facilities, means we can continue to make a difference to people like Chris.”

“We are also able to offer extended visiting hours (11am to 8pm) for families and friends which will be fantastic, and we are really pleased that the League of Friends are continuing to support us and will still be providing our daily newspapers and weekly fresh flowers.”

Great grandmother 96 year old Rita Freed was the first person to receive a warm welcome.  She said: “This new facility is lovely; the amenities are great; it is going to definitely be an asset.”

Cathy Daffada, Sirona’s lead for community inpatient care, said: “The increased space will enable us to give people intensive therapy to help them get home as quickly as possible. We all know being home is best for a person’s rehabilitation and on-going wellbeing.”