The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre (LSCIC) at the RNOH is one of only 11 in the UK designated to receive and treat spinal cord injured patients. The Centre currently has 24 beds comprising of eight acute beds and 16 rehabilitation beds. However there is the capacity to treat up to 40 patients within the RNOH at any one time.
Patients are admitted predominantly from the south east of England on an urgent referral basis. The aim is to admit all patients as soon as possible following their injury. The centre consists of a team of multi-professional specialists who work towards a patient focused service and rehabilitation is based around patient centred goals.
Children and adolescents with spinal cord injury can be admitted to the RNOH. They are initially managed on the Alan Bray Unit (Intensive Care/High Dependency Unit) and subsequently on the paediatric/adolescent units by the Spinal Injuries Team.
Medical management of spinal cord injury patients
The LSCIC has launched a web based resource with information on the medical management of patients with a spinal cord injury. This has been designed to help inform doctors and other healthcare professionals on how spinal cord injured patients can best be managed in the community, outside of the specialist centre.
The main features of the website are:
- Managing spinal injuries Frequently Asked Questions by GP's
- SCI Health Promotion and Maintenance Checklist
- SCI Introduction and Key SCI Topics - Comprehensive Medical Management Advice for the Non-Specialist
- SCI Tools and Links
Range of services
The services listed below are an integral part of the whole process of rehabilitation and re-integration of spinal cord injured patients back into the community. They are specialist services specifically for the SCIC.
Case Management/Community Liaison Nurses
Tissue Viability (and wound care)
Speech & language therapy
Functional & Restoration Service Consultants
Dr Rik Fox
Mr Manish Desai
Dr Angela Gall
Dr Jan Gawronski
Mr Julian Shah
Mr Michael Craggs (Consultant Clinical Scientist)
Mr Rizwan Hamid
Dr Emmanuel Consultant Gastroenterologist
Mr Groebblar Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Mr Ralph Consultant Urologist (Fertility Services)
Referrals are accepted from district general hospitals, trauma centres and emergency overseas referral.
Spinal Cord Injury Centre (nursing station) 020 8909 5583/5588
Spinal Cord Injury Centre Co-ordinator 020 8954 2300 bleep 755
Community Liaison 0208 909 5594
Intensivist and Respiratory Care Physician 020 8909 5560
Allan Bray Unit (Intensive Care Unit/High Dependency Unit) 020 8909 5454