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Acquired brain injury follow up clinic

What is the acquired brain injury follow up clinic?

If your child has had an acquired brain injury (ABI) and needed some rehabilitation while they were in hospital, then they may be offered an appointment in the ABI follow-up clinic.

The appointment is usually around 6 months after discharge from hospital.

The purpose of the clinic is to re-assess your child’s progress, to talk about any concerns you may have, and to make suggestions for on-going therapy or activity which may be useful.

Please visit our resource for more information about acquired brain injury.

Who will be there?

In the clinic there will be a number of different professionals from the neurorehabilitation team at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. There will be some familiar faces from your time as an in-patient. The team may include:

  • Consultant paediatrician in neurodisability
  • Trauma & Rehabilitation Coordinator
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech & Language Therapist

We may ask your child’s therapists for an update before the clinic, and they are welcome to attend if possible.

What happens at the clinic?

The clinic lasts for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

During this time, you and your child will get to speak with the doctor about any concerns or difficulties your child may be having.

The different members of the team will assess your child’s progress, and will ask questions about how things are at home, or at school. They may want to see how well your child is at moving and balancing, or how well they are using their hands for dressing, or writing. They may ask about your child’s eating and drinking ability, or about their speech and communicating with other people.

If you are able to complete and return the pre-clinic information sheet, that will help us to know if you have any specific concerns that you would like us to discuss or assess in the clinic.

Where is the clinic?

The clinic is at the Therapy Block , Ryegate Children’s Centre, Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield, S10 5DD.

This is about 1.5 miles from the main Children’s Hospital site.

What if I cannot make the appointment?

Please contact the Trauma and Rehabilitation Coordinators as soon as possible if you are unable to make this appointment. Their telephone number is 0114 226 0548.

To cancel on the day of an appointment please call the Ryegate Therapy Department on 0114 271 7622.

What will happen after the clinic?

You will receive a copy of the report from the clinic. This will also be sent to your GP and other health professionals involved in your child’s care. With your consent, we will also send it to your child’s school.

The report will identify any outcomes from the clinic and give some specific recommendations for future management.

Where appropriate, the therapists in the clinic will contact your child’s local therapists to share information from the clinic.

Hannah Keable, Outreach Rehabilitation Coordinator, will remain a point of contact if needed, and will arrange further appointments in the ABI follow-up clinic as required.

Contact us

To change an appointment, please call the trauma and rehabilitation coordinators on 0114 226 0548.

To cancel on the day of an appointment please call the Ryegate Therapy Department on 0114 271 7622.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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