Over the course of time we hope to offer support to all of the UK’s spinal units. Our initial goal is to offer easy access to our resources, which we hope will give guidance and inspiration to others.
The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries centre, housed in the Osborn building and often referred to as the Osborn Unit, was opened in 1994. It is the second largest spinal centre in the country.
Approximately 200 dedicated staff care for an average of 2600 outpatients and 2000 inpatients. One former inpatient (and now an outpatient) is our very own Marrianne Rooprai. It is Marrianne’s wish that RST make the Osborn Unit the place to start our national support; support that will not only express Marrianne’s gratitude, but will also help future patients.
RST currently offer free information packs to patients at the Osborn unit, ’Rooprai Spinal Trust information packs’.
The packs are designed to share the experiences of Marrianne and her family in order to help others. The thinking behind the packs is to give an alternative to the medical facts and figures and to provide a practical day-to-day element.
Just the beginning
This is only the first edition and it is hoped that the pack will constantly evolve. “We would like the contents to grow and grow. Others who have witnessed the horrors of SCI first hand will be invited to share their points and experiences for later editions” said Marrianne.
Please call 08000 21 30 34 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free copy of the RST Information pack or if you have something you would like to add.
In addition to the information packs we like to help the unit out from time to time with pieces of equipment that might make the lives of the patients and staff a little easier. Here you can see one the units most experienced and inspiring nurses, Javid, receiving a laptop from our trust manager. Below the nurses show off the digital camera the trust supplied, to help them monitor pressure sores of patients.
We are currently working on plans to offer an annual ‘inspiration award’ to someone newly injured who is determined to try and progress. The award will be a piece of rehab equipment. We hope to have more news on the idea by the Autum…so watch this space.
If you would like us to offer support to a unit you are particularly close to, please drop us a line. Perhaps you work in a surgery or clinic and would like to display some information about the trust? We are always keen to expand and help others.