Spinal Injuries Centres

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Salisbury -The Duke of Cornwall Spinal  Treatment Centre

Spinal Treatment Centre

The Duke of Cornwall Spinal  Treatment Centre  accepts patients requiring ventilatory support, both long term (domiciliary ventilation) and those with the potential to wean from invasive and non-invasive forms of mechanical ventilation.

  • Has 3 inpatient beds for respiratory/ventilated patients
  • Catchment area is south and south west England
  • Staffing includes a respiratory specialist nurse and a respiratory specialist physiotherapist

Our website: http://www.salisbury.nhs.uk/InformationForPatients/Departments/SpinalTreatment_Centre/Pages/indexPage.aspx

Respiratory Outpatient Service: This service is staffed by the Respiratory Lead Consultant and the Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist. Patients seen are those who have a tracheostomy, who are ventilated, or have other respiratory issues.

Respiratory Service: Respiratory Specialists provide telephone support to ventilated patients and their care teams or community staff about equipment, training and care, and other clinical issues. They are available for specialist spinal advice regarding respiratory problems following discharge from the Spinal Centre.


Dr. Vinod –  Consultant in Spinal Injury

Dr Aram Mashoof Fard, Consultant in Spinal Injury and Rehabilitation Medicine

Sen Peralta – Respiratory Specialist Nurse

Kathryn Harris – Respiratory Specialist Physiotherapist


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National Acute Spinal Injuries Unit – Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin.

The National Acute Spinal Injuries Unit is located at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin. Patients are referred from all over the country as it is the only acute spinal injuries unit in the Republic of Ireland.  The unit comprises of 10 high dependency beds, with step down beds located on the orthopaedic ward.

The Unit admits adults with all levels and severity of spinal cord injury, each year we treat approximately sixty patients with spinal cord injury and over four hundred with spinal injuries. The Unit provides specialised, coordinated, interdisciplinary, medical and surgical care to patients with spinal cord injuries. This specialist team includes spinal surgeons, a rehabilitation consultant, nursing, two senior and one rotating staff grade physiotherapists, one senior occupational therapist, part time speech and language therapist, dietician, and pharmacist.

Patients are referred from the acute spinal unit for post-acute rehabilitation in the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.


National Spinal Injuries Unit

Whitty Building, Level 5 (North Circular Road entrance),

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital,

Dublin 7,

D07 AX57.

PHONE: +353 1 8032354

Contact: Senior Physiotherapist: Marie McGroarty

email:   mmcgroarty@mater.ie

The National Spinal Injuries Centre,

Stoke Mandeville

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The National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) at Stoke Mandeville Hospital was the first Spinal Unit in the world and was founded in 1944 by Dr Ludwig Guttmann. Guttmann believed in using sport as a means of rehabilitation for those with a SCI, which is a fundamental that continues to shape the rehabilitation provided today.

The NSIC is a 98 bed centre, consisting of

  • 23 bed acute ward with 7 beds for 24hr invasively ventilated patients, and the capacity for an additional 4 patients with tracheostomies only. Patients requiring Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) are also hosted here.
  • 23 bed re-admission/surgical ward
  • 45 rehabilitation beds
  • 9 bed Young Persons unit with 1 bed for established, domiciliary ventilation up to the age of 19

Intervention is provided along the whole patient pathway; beginning with Acute Outreach to referring hospitals, Inpatient Management and Rehabilitation, and lifelong follow-up in an Outpatient setting

The Spinal Respiratory team consists of;

Mr Belci                                Consultant

Ian Benson                         Physiotherapist

Paul Subong                       ANP Respiratory

Roland Sijub                       ANP Respiratory

Sharon Leigh                      Speech & Language Therapist

Michelle Layson                Acute ward sister

RISCI contacts:

Ian Benson, Advanced Physiotherapist, 07542 823893 ian.benson2@nhs.net

Paul Subong, Respiratory Advanced Nurse Practitioner, 01296 315000 bleep 732 paul.subong@nhs.net


Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre


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The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre is a unit providing comprehensive Spinal Cord Injuries services for patients, with facilities for acute, rehabilitation and continuing care. Caring for patients within Yorkshire, North and North-West England, the East and West Midlands and East Anglia, the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre is the second largest Spinal Injuries centre in the United Kingdom. As well as three wards equipped with 64 beds across 3 wards and an outpatient centre, it has a physiotherapy and occupational therapy unit, an operating theatre and a radiography suite.

Because our rehabilitation patients are with us for life, the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre strives to maintain a sense of community. The centre is a place of familiar faces for our patients and a place to expand their lives to suit their disability.

The centre is designed as a self-contained unit, with a dedicated multidisciplinary team consisting of Medical Consultants, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Urologists, Nursing Staff, a Radiographer, a Clinical Pharmacist, a Dietician, a Psychologist and a Social Worker.

Our wards are equipped with 6 Ventilator Support beds and our therapy unit contains a specialised gym, a hydrotherapy pool and an in-house flat in which patients can practice everything they’ll need for living at home before transfer. The centre also provides investigation facilities with provision for day case surgery in its outpatient department and community liaison services.

The Respiratory Team

Dr Andrew Beechey – Consultant Anaesthetist

Jacqui Ross- Respiratory Extended Scope Physiotherapist 

Alexa Ridge – Respiratory Specialist Nurse 




Tel: 0114 2434343 bleep 2732 – Jacqui. Bleep 2419 – Alexa