Don a wacky hat for Brain Injury Week

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012
The Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust has produced new promotional materials to coincide with this year’s Brain Injury Week, which takes place from 14-20 May. New leaflets highlight the work of the Early Intervention Service, and outline information for carers and professionals. Dr Ivor Crothers, Clinical Psychologist with the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team and a representative on the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group, says the Trust gratefully acknowledges the participation of Grainne, Kenny and Philip who agreed to their photographs being included in the leaflets and new posters. “We wanted to develop a range of promotional materials with the emphasis on users and carers and their involvement has been invaluable. An acquired brain injury, also known as a head injury, can affect people of all ages from all walks of life. An acquired brain injury is any injury to the brain received during a person’s life time and is not present from birth or degenerative in nature. ABI may result from traumatic injury such as a blow to the head or by the head being forced to move rapidly forward or backward; damage to brain tissue, following a brain tumour or brain surgery; a viral infection such as encephalitis or meningitis; lack of oxygen to the brain as a result of hypoxia or anoxia; and poisoning, for example lead, carbon monoxide, dangerous substances.” Frank Dolaghan, Chairman of Headway Newry and a member of the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group, said: “Headway Newry supports people with brain injury, their families and carers in the Newry and Mourne and Banbridge areas. We welcome the new resources that the Southern Trust has produced. These complement the brain injury information pack developed by carers for carers which has been published by the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Implementation Group.” “The Brain Injury Quality Standards and regional care pathways are now available in the Southern Trust which outline to professional healthcare staff the guiding principles, assessment and admission protocols for treating someone with an acquired brain injury. These standards will improve support for individuals and their carers and families and will lead to enhanced services for those being treated in our hospitals and community facilities.” Headway Newry is asking local companies, community organisations, schools and colleges in Newry & Mourne and Banbridge to don a wacky hat on Friday 18th May as part of its Hats for Headway Day – one of the many events taking place across Northern Ireland during Brain Injury Week. Frank added, “Hats for Headway Day is our annual fundraiser which we organise as part of Brain Injury Week. Last year we provided 23,000 hours of support to 100 survivors and carers but we need help to expand our services.”
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