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Charity promotes greater understanding during brain injury week

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The Yorkshire East Coast branch of Headway is helping people to understand the key issues associated with brain injuries at an event at Scarborough Hospital on Thursday May 16 as part of a special week.

Volunteers from Headway, which provides wide-ranging support and information services for people with brain injuries, their families and carers, will give advice and support at a dedicated stand at the hospital as part of Acquired Brain Injury Week which runs from May 13 to May 19.

Explained Headway’s local branch chair Mark Hollinghurst:

“An acquired brain injury – which can be caused, for example, by a fall, a road accident, tumour or stroke – is an injury caused to the brain since birth. People suffering with brain injuries often find it difficult to cope with everyday situations, which can lead to social isolation and other problems. It is vital, therefore, that they know Headway is here to help.”

Each year around 135,000 people are admitted to hospital with a brain injury. The majority will make a full recovery in time but even a minor injury can sometimes result in longer term problems. Severe injuries will inevitably need complex care, impacting on the patient, their family and carers.

Headway Yorkshire East Coast covers a wide area encompassing Scarborough, Whitby, Pickering, Malton, Bridlington, Filey and Driffield, and currently hosts talks and events in Scarborough and Whitby. For more information telephone 01302 308 688 or visit http://www.headway.org.uk/Branches/yorkshire-east-coast.aspx

 


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