The Physically Disabled Rehabilitation Unit (PDRU) is based at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus and is a Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. Our unit provides specialist rehabilitation for people aged 16 years and over with complex neurorehabilitation needs. The most common conditions we see are Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury.
Our service provides a patient centred approach to rehabilitation which involves working closely with members of the multidisciplinary team to identify goals that will improve a person’s quality of life.
Intensive inpatient rehabilitation
Inpatient rehabilitation consists of a multidisciplinary team approach. This may involve input from Doctors, Nurses, Neuropsychology, Dietician, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) dependent on needs and goals.
Currently, we have 12 inpatient beds and our average length of stay is 6 weeks. Inpatients can either be in 4 bedded bays or single rooms dependent on their needs. Our facilities have designated therapy areas including a gym, rehabilitation kitchen and assessment bathroom. We also offer quieter areas for 1:1 sessions or class based rehabilitation.
During rehabilitation, patients are provided with a timetable tailored to their specific needs and we use a goal planning process to guide their rehabilitation journey. We also offer patients the opportunity to go on pass provided it is appropriate and safe. This is an important part of the rehabilitation journey and allows patients the chance to see how they manage at home. Upon discharge, patients are provided with a self management programme and may be referred onto community services if appropriate.
Day Case Rehabilitation Programme
This programme is similar to the inpatient programme with access to our specialist services and facilities. Patients can attend this programme daily and for up to five weeks, however this is dependent on their needs and goals.
Patients are responsible for arranging their own transport to attend. If they have difficulty accessing transport, hospital transport can be used and information can be provided regarding this.
Patients have an area in the dining room where they can relax and rest between sessions with recliner chairs. There are also small lockers for patients to put their bags and valuables during sessions.
Consultant led and Multidisciplinary clinics
These run at various points throughout the week. Referrals are received by letter from different specialities, GPs and Community teams. These clinics are an opportunity to provide specialist rehabilitation advice and signpost to relevant services.
These clinics are run by our Lead Consultant and Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist and provides specialist advice and treatment of spasticity. This includes medication advice or changes and treatment using injection therapy if required. We provide stretching and strengthening programmes through Physiotherapy and refer onto Orthotics for provision of splints and WESTmarc regarding seating. We accept referral from GPs, specialist services and other external agencies.