The Royal Free relaunched the new Marie Foster Centre on 17 December, hosted with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Marie Foster Centre became part of the Royal Free's neuroscience services from September 2008. Work is now taking place building on the expertise of longstanding members of staff and including the views of patients, relatives and carers to develop the service for the future.
“The aim of the Barnet centre is to provide a high quality service, adapting to each individual patient's needs so that they are able to manage their condition and carry on living a full life for as long as possible.
This will include providing more care at home supported by health care staff working in the community.” Said Fiona Kelly, clinical lead for neuro-rehabilitation.
The centre comprises 20 beds and provides in-patient and outreach rehabilitation and condition management services.
A multiskilled team of doctors, nurses and therapists are on hand to help with the management of neurological disorders such as:
• multiple sclerosis
• motor neurone disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Friedreich’s ataxia
Effective management of these diseases can reduce the impact of symptoms and prevent acute hospital admissions.
Notes to editors
1) The centre is located at Wood Street, Barnet, EN5 4BS, phone: 020 8449 4468. Journalists are invited to attend from 9.30am when Fiona Kelly introduces the centre.
2) For press enquiries phone: 020 8449 4468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3) For further information contact Kate Cox, general manager for neurosciences, email@example.com
4) The centre has links with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and receives generous support from The Marie Foster League of Friends.
5) The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust is renowned for its specialist services including liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, renal, AIDS/HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, paediatric gastroenterology, ENT surgery and audiological medicine, amyloidosis and scleroderma. We run a major accident and emergency service, all branches of surgery and medicine, a renal service serving the whole of north London, paediatrics, maternity services, care of elderly people, an adolescent psychiatric service and one of two high security infectious diseases units in the country. We are a leading haematology centre and a major neuroscience base with a network extending throughout north London and into the Home Counties. We have associated internationally recognised research and training programmes. For more information visit www.royalfree.nhs.uk
We are a member of the academic health science partnership UCL Partners. The Royal Free was the only teaching hospital in London to be rated excellent for services and excellent for use of resources in the 2008 Healthcare Commission annual health check.