View All News Items :: Search the News Database Search

Right Arrow Website tells spinal injuries centre’s amazing story
10 August 2010 at 14:30
The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport has launched its new website at www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk/spinal.

The centre was initially established in the town’s former Promenade Hospital in 1947 but is now based at Southport and Formby District General Hospital. It admits people from Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, parts of North Wales and the Isle of Man with a total catchment population of more than 6.5 million.

A team of specialist medical, nursing and rehabilitation staff provide care for spinal injured patients from their initial injury and acute care through a range of rehabilitation to discharge and ongoing lifelong care. Patients have use of their own sports hall and swimming pool.

In addition, the centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of people who require permanent mechanical ventilation following spinal cord injury and admits patients from across the UK for this highly specialised care.

The average age of our patients is 48 but our youngest was two and our oldest 103.

Historically, a high percentage of our patients have been young men involved in road traffic accidents. However, while the majority are still male, the number of such injuries has reduced over the last five years. We now see more patients with injuries due to falls and sporting activities with diving currently being the most common sports-related injury.

Almost half of the patients referred to the centre have incomplete damage to their spinal cord resulting in varying degrees of motor and sensory abilities below the level of injury, so each patient has a unique injury and individual rehabilitation goals.

The average length of time from first mobilising following the period of initial recovery to discharge may be between three to six months dependent on the level of the injury and any medical complications. Each patient is allocated a case manager, and through their efforts we achieve a return to home in 75% of cases.

Centre clinical director Dr Clive Glass said: “This centre has a proud and distinguished history which is reflected in our new website as well as informing patients and families of the services that we offer.”


Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494
Email tony.ellis@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk