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Head injury assessment and treatment

Head injury assessment and treatment can help you function better in everyday life.

How is a severe head injury defined?

Severe head injury is usually defined as being a condition where the patient has been in an unconscious state for 6 hours or more after a trauma, or post-traumatic amnesia of 24 hours or more. These patients are likely to be hospitalised and receive rehabilitation once the acute phase has passed. Depending on the length of time in coma, these patients tend to have serious physical and psychological deficits. (Headway www.headway.org.uk)

How is a severe injury psychologically assessed? 

Psychologists use a range of standardised psychological tests to determine abnormal brain function through performance of these tests. This will lead to a diagnosis of which area of the brain is impaired and what kind of rehabilitation the patient requires.

“Neuropsychological evaluation (NPE) is a testing method through which a neuropsychologist can acquire data about a subject’s cognitive, motor, behavioural, linguistic, and executive functioning. In the hands of a trained neuropsychologist, this data can provide information leading to the diagnosis of a cognitive deficit or to the confirmation of a diagnosis, as well as to the localisation of organic abnormalities in the central nervous system (CNS). The data can also guide effective treatment methods for the rehabilitation of impaired patients.”

(emedicine.medscape.com/article/317596-overview)

What treatments are available?

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy: this is a program to help brain injured or otherwise cognitively impaired patients to restore normal functioning or to compensate for cognitive deficits. It entails an individualised program of specific skills training and practice. These include helping the patient increase self–awareness regarding problem solving skills by learning how to monitor the effectiveness of these skills and self-correct when necessary.

Professor Barbera A. Wilson. MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge. Cognitive rehabilitation is “…a patient driven approach that uses a combination of  learning theory, cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology to identify and remediate cognitive difficulties.” (Journal of the International Neurological Society,1997,3,487-496)

Benefits

This helps patients function better in everyday life.

Safety of treatment

Non invasive, very safe.

Specialists Offering Head injury assessment and treatment

Dr Anand Trip

Consultant Neurologist

BSc(Hons) MBChB FRCP PhD

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Dougall John Patrick McCorry

Consultant Neurologist

BMI The Edgbaston Hospital 1 more BMI The Priory Hospital

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Mr Nigel Duncan Mendoza

Consultant Neurosurgeon

MBBS, FRCS, FRCS (Surg. Neurol)

BMI The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Mr Vivek Josan

Consultant Neurosurgeon

MBBS FRCS(Ed) FRCS(SN)

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Dr Farooq Maniyar

Consultant Neurologist

MB BS, MD, MRCP, CCT

BMI The London Independent Hospital

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Ways to pay

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Pay for yourself

Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare

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We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code

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Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)

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