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Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU)

Location and Contact details

Homerton University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust
Homerton Row, Hackney
Greater London
E9 6SR

Telephone: 020 8510 7960

Type of organisation

  • NHS Service

Descripton of organisation

  • Acute Hospital

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Entry last updated

Mar 23, 2015

Further Details

The Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) specialises in early inpatient rehabilitation for young adult patients after single incident neurological events other than spinal injury.

The majority of our patients have suffered head injuries, strokes, subarachnoid haemorrhages or other forms of diffuse brain damage resulting, for example, from certain infections or cardiorespiratory arrest. Patients who are permanently vegetative or minimally aware are not usually admitted and patients with tracheotomies are currently not admitted.

The unit is purpose built and has 27 beds. It has been designed to ensure that all facilities benefit from spacious, modern accommodation. It is integrated with the acute medical and surgical services of the hospital, so that patients can begin their rehabilitation early after an acute illness. At the same time it provides an ideal therapeutic environment for retraining in all activities of daily living.

The comprehensive facilities include high, medium and low dependency ward areas, individual rooms, a transitional flatlet, ADL kitchen and laundry, communication group room, a family room, a therapeutic workshop, computer training facilities, individual physical therapy areas, a physiotherapy gym and a self-contained therapy garden.

Via a collaborative multi-disciplinary team approach we strive to offer excellence in rehabilitation.

Key staff

Dr Richard Greenwood
Consultant neurologist with a special interest in general neurology, stroke, epilepsy and rehabilitation of brain injury (via RNRU). He is the lead consultant for the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU)

Dr Clarence Liu
Consultant neurologist with a special interest in brain injury and neurological rehabilitation

Other key staff include:

Ward manager
Clinical nurse specialist
Unit administrator
Clinical neuropsychologist
Head occupational therapist
Superintendent physiotherapist
Manager of the outreach team

Related services:
RNRU Follow-up Clinic
Spasticity/ Botulinum toxin Clinic
Neuro-orthotics Clinic

Services available

ABI Specialist National Regional Local
Acute Medical Care yes no yes no
Advice yes no yes no
Art Therapy yes no yes no
Clinical psychology yes no yes no
Community support yes no no yes
Counselling yes no yes no
Day Activities yes no yes no
Domiciliary Care yes no no yes
Equipment yes no yes no
Family Support yes no yes no
Information yes no yes no
Leisure Activities yes no yes no
Neuropsychology yes no yes no
Neurosurgical Care yes no no yes
Nursing yes no yes no
Occupational Therapy yes no yes no
Physiotherapy yes no yes no
Psychiatry yes no no yes
Psychology yes no yes no
Speech & Language Therapy yes no yes no
Support Workers yes no yes no
Training (for clients/patients) yes no yes no
Voluntary Activity yes no no yes
National = country wide, Regional = offering a service within 150 miles, Local = offering a service within 50 miles

This service adheres to the following Regulatory Frameworks / is affiliated to the following bodies:

Referrals can be made by

GP yes
Consultant yes
Healthcare Professional yes
Self/Advocate/Family no
Other professional eg Social Care/Case Manager no

How are services paid for?

yes Publicly funded - free at point of access
Regularly Sometimes Never
NHS yesnono
Social Care Services nonoyes
Jointly funded by NHS & Social Care Services nonoyes

Typical duration that a service is offered

Patients are admitted on average for a period of 12-18 weeks.

This Service was mapped by None. See HERE for more information

Services available are defined by the following EHIG Rehabilitation Codes

For an explanation of the codings please click here


[Code 40]
Patient description
Needs in-patient care due to physical dependency, or the need for specialist therapy equipment, a safe environment, supervision, or intensity of therapy, in a unit with the expertise and experience in rehabilitation of a condition (Level 1)which cannot be provided in a local specialist centre or in the community (Level 2) which cannot be provided in the community.

Level 1: Regional specialized centre Level 2: Local specialist centre, Acute or community hospital

Description of rehabilitation input
Needs inpatient care due to physical dependency, or need for specialist therapy equipment, safe environment, supervision or intensity of therapy which cannot be provided in community

This service is defined by the NMDS (National Minimum Data Set) codes as:

For an explanation of the NMDS, please click here

Level 1 (highly specialised rehabilitation services): Treat patients with Category A needs and is led by a consultant trained and accredited in rehabilitation medicine or neuropsychiatry

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