The Neuro-rehabilitation unit, the Taylor Ward, at Leigh Infirmary helps people who have serious brain injuries and other neurological injuries and illnesses to continue their recovery after they no longer need urgent medical attention.
It is part of the Greater Manchester Neuro-rehabilitation service and offers its service to patients from Wigan Borough, Bolton and sometimes wider.
The staff at this unit are specialists and do an excellent job of providing this vital service to patients.
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust have run this part of the Greater Manchester service from Leigh Infirmary for a number of years. However, whilst the unit offers high quality care to patients, it doesn’t meet the agreed Greater Manchester standards for this type of service as it doesn’t have ready access to facilities to treat patients in need of emergency care. Therefore it is no longer right to keep the unit at Leigh Infirmary.
Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) jointly fund the service and will continue to fund it so the service can be available for all those who need it.
We are in the process of exploring where we might be able to put the service in the future and will soon launch a public consultation asking patients and residents what they think.
We would like to reassure patients and carers that they will continue to get access to the high quality service throughout this process. We will support them throughout this difficult time and do our best to minimise the impact on them and the service won't move for about another 9-12months.
What is the Taylor Ward?
The Taylor Ward is a 20 bed Neuro-rehabilitation Unit at Leigh Infirmary. This means that it helps people who have a neurological illness or injury that affects their nervous system, including their brain, spinal cords and nerves.
Neurological illnesses and injuries can cause people to have difficulties moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning and can affect memory, senses and mood.
What does it do?
Patients who have neurological illnesses or injuries can need a lot of ongoing support once their condition has been diagnosed and started to be treated.
The Taylor Ward at Leigh Infirmary is one of several specialist units in Greater Manchester that supports the patients’ rehabilitation.
The patients on the Taylor Ward don’t need a lot of specialist medical intervention such as operations; instead, the staff on the Taylor Ward are there to:
1. Help patients recover from their illness or injury as much as possible
2. Enhance the quality of life for patients with a long-term neurological condition and help them be as independent as possible
3. Help patients manage their illness in the long-term and the risks associated with it to make sure they can live a long and fulfilling life
4. Keep patients safe and supported so they don’t pose a risk to themselves and other
5. Make sure that patients and their families have access to the help and support they need and understand the care they are getting and the reasons behind it.
Who does it help?
The Taylor Ward has 20 beds and generally has 15-20 patients at a time. The patients can stay for quite long periods of time. Its patients are from Greater Manchester (mainly from Wigan Borough and Bolton), aged 18 and over, but it sometimes takes patients as young as 16 if it is appropriate.
It also supports the patient’s family and carers and involves them in the long term care of their loved one.
How can patients, families and the public get involved?
We will be launching a public consultation in Feb-March 2017. The consultation will be your opportunity to get involved and have your say. We will be holding some public meetings and discussion sessions to understand what is important to you. More information will be shared about this soon.