Wards within the NSIC
St Andrew Ward (First Floor): Admits adult acute SCI admissions who are newly injured and need acute spinal management. Care is also given to patients who are on respiratory ventilator support and those who have undergone major spinal surgery.
St Patrick Ward (First Floor): Generally for re-admission patients having further investigations or surgery and occasionally for newly injured patients with pressure sores.
St George and St David Ward (Ground Floor): Two rehabilitation wards encompassing all aspects of care needs, including nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and emotional support. These wards encourage patients to become independent (either physically or verbally) and start their reintegration back into the community.
St Joseph Ward (Ground Floor): Here the emphasis is on teaching and supporting patients in the latter stages of their rehabilitation programme in preparation for discharge from the Centre. The ward also has patients who have been readmitted for further therapy goals who may only stay for a short period of time and pregnant SCI mum’s who are admitted prior to the baby’s due date in preparation for the delivery.
St Francis Ward (Ground floor) is the first specialist ward in the United Kingdom for the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of children and young people with SCI. The ward promotes age appropriate independence to enable the child or young person to re-integrate back to their family and community. The ward includes facilities and equipment to maximise independence.
Spinal Out-Patient Services (Ground floor by the entrance to the NSIC): Gives life-long support with any matters relating to SCI following discharge from the Centre. Appointments can be made to see any member of the multidisciplinary team, and nurses and therapists can occasionally make visits into the community for any relevant issues. There are also many SCI specific information leaflets available for patients and community professionals held in this department. Due to the large geographical area that we cover, telephone or e-mail are frequently used to problem solve some issues.