Robertson Neurological Rehabilitation Unit

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The Robertson Neurological Rehabilitation Unit is a specialist adult neurological rehabilitation in-patient ward. We provide interdisciplinary rehabilitation for patients with complex neurological conditions such as:

  • Acquired brain injury (for example stroke, trauma, anoxia, encephalitis, meningitis)
  • Progressive neurological conditions (for example Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone disease)
  • Partial spinal cord injuries
  • Other neuro-muscular disorders (for example Guillain Barre Syndrome and Polymyositis). 

The facilities
The unit shares the ward with patients from the Older People Service and comprises of single en-suite rooms and shared rooms. Other facilities and services include:

  • A dining room
  • TV room/day room
  • Therapy gym
  • Patient kitchen
  • Various leisure facilities
  • Access to a computer in the therapy department
  • Interpreting service
  • Podiatry appointments can be arranged in the outpatient department
  • Spiritual needs: monthly services are held on alternating wards.  Anglican and Roman Catholic chaplains visit the wards regularly and can be contacted at other times.  Visits from all other faiths – The Holy Koran and prayer mats, Jewish prayer book and a book of Hindu texts are available on request. Multi-faith room is available.

During admission
On admission, the multi-disciplinary team will complete a series of assessments and will work with the patient to identify appropriate goals for rehabilitation. During the admission the patient then works with each discipline to achieve the outlined goals during therapy sessions and in their free time on the unit or with their families. Each patient is allocated a keyworker which will be one member of the multi-disciplinary Team. The keyworker’s role is to guide the patient and family during the admission, to arrange family meetings/ case conferences, as required, and to update relevant parties about the patient’s progress.

Specialist Neurological service
Depending on a patient’s condition and clinical indication the following treatment is available on the unit:

  • Weight supported treadmill
  • FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation)
  • Saebo
  • Mirror BoxTherapy
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)
  • Splinting and Casting
  • Botox.

Discharge planning
The discharge from the unit should not be a surprise for anyone involved, as it will be planned from the point of admission.  The length of stay on the unit will depend on the patient’s goals and needs. An average length of stay on the unit is approximately 6 weeks. The keyworker leads on discharge planning and acts as key contact person with families and outside agencies such as social services.A discharge planning meeting is held to coordinate all necessary items to facilitate a safe and smooth discharge from Robertson.The patient is discharged to the most appropriate environment, which could include their previous property (with or without adaptations and care), an alternative accommodation or a more supported living environment.

On-going referrals
Often, our patients will benefit from ongoing rehabilitation in their discharge environment. In these circumstances a referral will be made to appropriate community rehabilitation services as well as district nurses.

Contact details:

Robertson Unit
Willesden Centre for Health and Care
Robson Avenue
NW10 3RY

Tel: 020 8438 7040
Fax: 020 8438 7043

The team
The staff on Robertson is a strong team of highly experienced neurological rehabilitation professionals. Consisting of a consultant doctor and a ward doctor, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, rehabilitation assistants, and health care assistants. There is also a psychiatrist, psychologist, pharmacist and dietician who all work on the ward regularly.