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Providing more care for more people

Three brand-new purpose-built bedrooms have just opened at Sue Ryder The Chantry, the neurological centre based in Ipswich.  This new development will enable the centre to support people requiring specialist neurological rehabilitation, particularly those who have suffered an acquired brain injury.  Once someone is referred to the centre, the expert healthcare team will work with that person on an intensive programme of therapy to regain their physical function, social skills and confidence before returning home.

Sue Ryder has been proud to collaborate on this project with Ipswich Hospital, and Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Mark Pepper, General Manager from Ipswich Hospital said:“The team and I are delighted that through collaboratively working we have enabled the opening of 3 level 2 neuro-rehabilitation beds (the first in Suffolk). The Trusts therapy teams will be working alongside staff at Sue Ryder, thus ensuring patients receive a streamlined continuation of care as they pass from the acute hospital setting into the community. This will vastly improve patient experience and support care closer to home. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Sue Ryder in the future.”

Dr Imran Qureshi, a GP in Leiston and chairman of the clinical executive of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:“Both Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs have been working closely with Sue Ryder to boost the provision of neurological rehabilitation care in Suffolk. The opening of these three new purpose built bedrooms is a significant step forward in ensuring people requiring level 2 neurological rehabilitation care can be treated as close to home as possible. Over the coming months we will review the effectiveness of this new bed provision and will continue to support the work of Sue Ryder in the county.”

Jo Marshall, Centre Director at The Chantry said: “Sue Ryder has been preparing to bring specialist neuro rehabilitation into Suffolk for some time. I am delighted in collaboration we have been able to open these beds.  As well as access to specialist therapy and care the non-clinical environment and attractive surroundings offered at The Chantry will give people the best chance of recovery.”

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