Photo: Picture shows staff and patients in the day room which will be shortly refurbished 

Staff at Southport hospital are raising money to help some of the most severely injured patients treated by the NHS.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre is one of eight centres providing spinal cord rehabilitation. It serves people across the North West, including the Isle of Man and as far as Birmingham.

The centre opened at Southport and Formby District General Hospital at Kew in 1991 when it moved from the former Promenade hospital in the town. Facilities for patients include workshops, a full-size sports hall and swimming pool.

Patients who suffer spinal cord injury are referred to the centre for specialist rehabilitation and medical support to enable their transition back into community life.

Staff are raising money to help refurbish the day room. The day room provides patients with an area away from the ward where they are able to dine, watch TV, play games and generally socialise with other patients, staff and volunteers.

Centre manager Emily Hoban said: “The day room is beginning to look its age and the Trust agreed to refurbish it but we want to make it as special as possible for patients which is why we’re raising money.”

A number of personal donations have already been made and the Trust charitable fund will also be making a contribution.

Emily and her team are planning a number of events over the months ahead.

The first is a Strawberry and Sausage barbecue at the centre on Saturday 18th July at 5pm. Tickets are £5 and available by calling 01704 70 4333. All proceeds will go to the day room refurbishment project.


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