From this week the Royal Free will be the new venue for meetings of Headway North London, a long-established branch of the Brain Injury Association which offers support and advice to brain injury survivors, their families and carers and interested professionals.
The charity is chaired by Colin Shieff, consultant neurosurgeon at the Royal Free, and has strong links with the hospital as it developed from a group set up by Lady Brenda Clarke who was the first neuro-psychologist here.
The charity aims to provide relief, continuing rehabilitation and support of people who have suffered head injury or brain damage through illness or accident and their spouses, partner or other carers.
Meetings offer information on topics related to brain injury – including a wide range of neurological matters, pain management, rehabilitation, the benefits system, survivors' stories, case management, legal and compensation issues, complementary health and general discussions. The group also runs a self help group for brain injury survivors.
Dr E Puschmann, consultant neuro psychiatrist at the brain injury rehabilitation unit, will address the next meeting, on Wednesday 21 September at 7pm in the Marsden Room at the Royal Free.