Stroke Therapy RLI Grand Opening

Pinington were delighted to attend the grand opening of our recently completed Stroke Therapy Extension at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. The works were to create a new extension tot he existing therapy space within an internal courtyard in the centre of the main hospital. Through months of careful and meticulous planning coupled with fantastic teamwork with all involved the project was handed over at the end of March and has been a hive of activity for stroke rehabilitation patients since. The Integrated Community Stroke Team covers the Trust’s hospital teams and community teams, and it operates a six day service. It cares for up to 32 inpatients at a time and approximately 50 patients in the community, and ha around 28 members of staff. On a day-to day basis there are around 15 members of staff in the new stroke rehab and therapy area at the RLI including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists. In the Huggett Suite itself, there is a mix of acute and rehab beds.

Financial Director Jeremy Hackett attended the opening and said “It was fantastic to see the space now it is fully fitted out and it was great to speak to the staff working in the area and to hear what a positive impact the space is having for stroke patients. We as a company pride ourselves on providing high quality projects and this one is no different and it was a very proud moment to receive the recognition on what could have been such a difficult project. The finished product is testament to everyone involved in the scheme and well done to all”.

Tamsin Kind, Team Leader for the Integrated Community Stroke Team at the RLI, said: “Our Stroke Service has been on an improvement journey for the last few years. This finally feels like the end of the journey in that we’ve actually got the rehab space that our patients require in order to fulfil their potential.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped along the way and made sure this happened. Our Capital Services Team have been absolutely amazing and the collaborative way they have worked with us and really listened has been fantastic. Patients and therapists have been involved, so we have exactly what we need. I’d also like to thank the Trust, because in a lot of places rehab spaces are being lost, so it’s very rare to have one built. There has been a real team spirit and I’m so proud of everyone.

“One of the benefits of having a much bigger space is that we can do groups with patients. There’s a benefit in terms of the amount of rehab we can do, but even more importantly, from a mental health point of view, it’s about getting everyone together so they can share their experiences, learn from each other and really encourage each other along the way.”