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COVID19 service update:

The Community Neurological Rehabilitation service is now seeing urgent and routine patients. At the moment patients will receive a defined episode of care of three months and up to six sessions per profession. Some consultations may take place remotely and patients may be offered a telephone or video consultation instead of a face to face appointment if this is appropriate. At the moment we do have long waits which we are working on, so, while you are waiting for your appointment if you have experienced a deterioration in symptoms or have any concerns please contact us on 0113 855 5082.    

The Community Neurological Rehabilitation Centre

The service is running spasticity and therapy clinics however, we remain closed to inpatient admissions and day service patients.  Anyone requiring these services will be seen in an alternative venue as advised.

We are not currently accepting any referrals for out of area patients.

Community Stroke Rehabilitation service

This service is operating as usual. Some consultations may continue to take place remotely and you may be offered a telephone or video consultation instead of a face to face appointment if this is appropriate.


We offer rehabilitation for adults with neurological conditions. This includes advice, therapy and treatment for a patient and advice and support for their family, carers and other professionals.

The objectives of the service are to:

  • To provide specialist rehabilitation through inter-disciplinary assessment and treatment programmes.

  • To reduce the impact of specific impairments or complications associated with neurological conditions

  • To provide an appropriate level of support for people to gain, retain and/or regain independence and function

How we work

We have four teams:

  1. The Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team: aims to provide rehabilitation in a community setting, this can include home, leisure or community facilities, work place, educational facilities or a healthcare setting. This includes support for young adults with neurodisability moving from child to adult services.

  1. The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team: provides a seven day service, delivering early stage stroke specialist rehabilitation in the community for up to twelve weeks. The team aims to maximize rehabilitation potential and improve quality of life for people following a stroke and support their carers.  A multi-disciplinary team work with people who have had a stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage to achieve their rehabilitation goals in their home and thus reducing their length of stay in hospital.

  2. The Community Neurological Rehabilitation Centre: This is a regional inpatient unit for people with complex needs due to a neurological condition who are medically stable. It provides multi-disciplinary rehabilitation through planned short stay admissions. The centre also offers a day service for people who need more intensive multidisciplinary input than is available in the community but don't need overnight admission.

  3. The Community Neurological Discharge Team: The team provides support for patients with traumatic brain injury to make sure they have a smooth transfer from hospital to home. We aim to meet all patients on the ward before discharge then again within 48 working hours of discharge home. We will work closely with each patient's hospital therapists to plan a safe and successful discharge, providing rehabilitation, advice and guidance in the early days as patients adjust to being back home.

We aim to provide an excellent service user and carer experience. We work in partnership with our service users to deliver a patient-centred, high quality service, and aspire to deliver a helpful and friendly service, treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Community Neurological Rehabilitation Service (CNRS) aims to provide an excellent service user and carer experience. We work in partnership with our service users to deliver a patient-centred, high quality service. We aspire to deliver a helpful and friendly service and to treat everyone with dignity and respect.

We work with service users to maximise independence and quality of life through multi-disciplinary neurological rehabilitation. We offer a specialist service providing assessment, advice, therapy, treatment and offer information and support to service users, family, friends and carers.

We provide inpatient and day patient services at the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Centre (St Mary’s Hospital) and outpatient and community services at a variety of locations in Leeds, including service users’ homes.

This leaflet provides a summary of what we do, but please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information. If we cannot help, we will do our best to direct you to someone who can.

There are three main parts to our service:

Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team

The aim of the team is to provide rehabilitation in a community setting for those with a neurological condition who have a Leeds GP. Service users are seen in the most appropriate location which may include home, leisure or community facililities, workplace, educational facilities and healthcare premises. The team provide rehabilitation in order to optimise function, participation, quality of life and independence. This includes support for young adults with neurodisability making the transition from paediatric to adult services.

Community Stroke Rehabilitaton Team

The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team provides time limited specialist early stage rehabilitation for people with a new diagnosis of stroke or subarachnoid haemorrhage being discharged from hospital into the community. Unlike the other parts of the service, referrals can only be accepted directly from the discharging hospital. The service aims to maximise rehabilitation potential and improve quality of life for people who have had a stroke and their carers.

Community Neurological Rehabilitation Centre (day service and inpatient service)

The regional inpatient service provides multidisciplinary rehabilitation through planned short stay admissions for people with complex needs due to a neurological condition who are medically stable.

We also offer a day service for service users with a neurological condition who do not require overnight admission, but who need more intensive multidisciplinary input than that available in the community setting.

Both services provide treatment and support to improve quality of life and to help achieve or maintain desired potential and independence.

Who do we see?

People who…

  • Have had a stroke
  • Are medically stable
  • Are over 18 years old
  • Have a Leeds GP
  • Are referred from hospital
  • Can be safely cared for at home
  • Have rehabilitation goals that can be met in 12 weeks

How can we help?

  • By working with you on specific goals
  • Supporting the transfer of care from hospital to home
  • Aiming to improve your quality of life
  • Aiming to increase your independence
  • Providing advice for you and your carer
  • Working together with other services

What can we offer?

Stroke rehabilitation within your own home. The team is made up of professionals with specialist knowledge, experience and skills.

This includes:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Nursing

We also have technical instructors and rehabilitation assistants who can support you to work towards your goals.

How long will we be involved?

  • We can provide up to 12 weeks of input 
  • The team meet regularly to discuss your goals and how best to support you.
  • Once your episode of care is complete, we will write to you, your GP and others involved in your ongoing care.
  • If you require further support, we can refer or signpost you to other services that can help.

Appointments:

Please contact the team if you are unable to keep your appointment, giving at least 72 hours notice. If appointments are not kept, your episode of care will be ended. 

Waiting list:

Following referral, you may be added to a waiting list. You can contact the team for an update about how long
you are likely to wait.

You have been invited to attend an appointment, group or session at St Mary’s Hospital with the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Service.

If you can attend sessions, groups or clinic appointments via your own transport, taxi, private car, bus or use the Access bus you will be expected to get to this appointment using one of these options.

If for any reason you are struggling to get to your appointments please contact and discuss this with us.

Here is some useful contact information to support you with getting to your appointment.

Getting to St Mary’s Hospital

The following may help you:

  • Bus 16/16a Wheelchair Accessible -Seacroft to Pudsey. every 10 minutes Monday—Friday daytime. Stops directly outside the Hospital on Green Hill Road. www.wymetro.com
  • Access bus if appropriate - Access Bus 0113 348 1903
  • Leeds Alternative Travel will take you door to door for a small charge 0113 386 8880
  • Contact Leeds Directory 0113 391 8333 for information about local travel schemes. www.leeds.gov.uk
  • If you receive the high rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance/ PIP (PIP enhanced rate) or War Pensioner Mobility Supplement you must use this to pay for your transport costs to clinic.

Travel costs

If you are on a low income you may be able to claim for a refund of your travel costs under the Healthcare Travel Costs (HTC) scheme.

To find out if you are eligible and how to claim, visit the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk or phone 0845 610 1112 to order a paper copy of the travel claim form and eligibility document (HC, HC11).

You can ring the Patient Experience Team in Leeds.

Please keep receipts and records of your journeys.

Change in circumstances:

If your situation changes and you are unable to attend your sessions, groups or clinic appointments please contact the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Service .

Parking

There is limited parking available on the St Mary’s Hospital site for patients, staff and visitors. Parking is free.

What is the Neuro User and Carer Forum?

The Neurology User and Carer Forum was formed in January 2009 and is one of the mechanisms that the service uses to engage with people affected by a neurological condition such as:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Parkinson’s
  • Brain Injury

Our aim is to enable service users and carers to work with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust to influence, improve and develop community neurology services to benefit service users and their families.

The forum’s input includes:

  • Feedback on forms and letters
  • Gather views and comments on future service changes
  • Support with improving the hospital environment
  • Support network for members

Who is in the group?

The group is made up of service users of Leeds Community Neurological Rehabilitation Services, their carers and is supported by service staff. Members can attend the meetings and/or be a virtual member where your feedback will be read out at the meetings. So, if you are unable to attend you can still keep in touch with the group by receiving notes from the meetings and letting staff know your comments.

What does the group do?

The group meets regularly for two hours in the early afternoon at the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in Armley, Leeds. 

As a member of the group you will:

  • Work with your local NHS
  • Help develop and improve services
  • Contribute as much or as little as suits you
  • Meet new people with an interest in neurology services
  • Learn about the Community Neurological Rehabilitation Service in Leeds

Are you interested?

If you would like more information or are interested in joining our group, please email us at communityneurologicalrehabilitation@nhs.net or call the Administration Team on 0113 855 5082, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Why is fluid intake so important?

Most of the human body is made up of water. It is lost all the time from the body.

Therefore it is important to maintain an adequate fluid intake or you may become ill through dehydration.

Dehydration causes many symptoms, including:

  • Thirst
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue

It can also cause continence problems, such as:

  • Constipation
  • Increased risk of urine infections
  • Irritation of the bladder
  • Increased risk of catheter blockage

How much should we drink?

The general recommended amount to maintain health is 1½ litres daily or 2½ pints.

This amount may have to be varied depending on certain circumstances:

  • If you have a temperature
  • If you are eating a fibre rich diet
  • Certain medications require more fluids to work efficiently
  • In hot weather due to sweating 
  • Depending on size / body weight

Types of fluids

Any type of fluid can be counted including coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Certain foods can also be helpful to increase fluid intake, such as soup, jellies and custards. 

Too many fizzy drinks, coffee, tea and alcohol should be avoided as these can irritate the bladder and may cause symptoms of frequency and urgency.

Caffeine

Caffeine is present in many types of fluids, including:

  • Tea 
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Some herbal teas

Drinks that don’t irritate the bladder

  • Water
  • Milk
  • Decaffeinated tea
  • Decaffeinated coffee
  • Herbal teas
  • Milk shakes
  • Diluted fruit squash
  • Cranberry juice

Drinks that can irritate the bladder

  • Tea (caffeinated)
  • Coffee (caffeinated)
  • Hot chocolate
  • Green tea
  • Blackcurrant juice
  • Fresh citrus fruit juices
  • Cola
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Tomato juice

Reported benefits of healthy fluid intake

  • Increased alertness
  • Increased energy
  • Fewer falls
  • Less dizziness
  • Reduction in laxative use
  • Reduction in urinary infections
  • Easing of bladder symptoms
  • Fewer interrupted nights
  • Better quality sleep

Some ideas to increase fluid intake

  • Take regular small amounts of fluids rather than one big volume
  • Drink fluids you enjoy
  • Use visual prompts and reminders if you have a poor memory
  • Drink a whole glass of water when taking medication
  • Use diet to increase the fluid intake, with milky puddings, jellies and soups
  • Fresh fruit can also increase fluid intake

Tel: 0113 855 5082

communityneurologyservices@nhs.net

Community Neurological Rehabilitation Service

St Mary’s Hospital

Green Hill Road

Leeds

LS12 3QE

Referrals 

Referrals can be made by any health or social care professional. We will also accept self-referrals but only if you have previously been referred to us by a health care professional.

The Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team is only able to accept referrals directly from the discharging hospital. If the referral is not appropriate for us, we will try to suggest an alternative.

Referral resources

Referral Form

Full service offering and referral details

Useful links and contacts

The Stroke Association 0303 303 3100 - Helpline to support those affected by stroke.

Leeds Community Equipment Services 0113 378 3300 - providing specialised equipment.

Care and Repair 0113 240 6009 - Independent home improvement agency

Adult Social Care 0113 222 4401 - Support from Leeds City Council

Wheelchair Services 0113 206 3855 - Information, advice and assessment related to using a wheelchair.

William Merritt Disabled Living and Mobility Centre 0113 350 8989 - Information, advice and assessment on equipment and practical aspects of daily living for people with disabilities.

The Welfare Rights Unit 0113 376 0452 - Impartial advice on benefits, claims and appeals.

Carers Leeds 0113 380 4300 - Information, advice and support for adult carers across Leeds.

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