Spruce House

Spruce House is an 18 bed specialist facility situated on the grounds of Altnagelvin Hospital. It is a unique and modern facility, specially designed to assess, evaluate the needs, plan and implement rehabilitation programmes of care for patients who have acquired brain injury or neuro-disability. Spruce House In addition it provides a time limited respite service to those clients who have complex care needs.

Each patient’s programme of care is tailored towards their individual needs and circumstances.  The Staff within the unit have experience and expertise in identifying and understanding the effects created by brain injury and neurological disorders, coupled with the resources to assist, educate and facilitate patients in their rehabilitation towards an agreed optimal level of independence. Staff work across a multi-disciplinary and interagency framework, encompassing a holistic approach to treatment across all disciplines. Patients and their carer’s, where appropriate, are involved and participate in all aspects of their assessment, goal setting, care planning, review and discharge planning. 

The unit is staffed by a range of disciplines who meet on a regular basis to discuss assessment of patient rehabilitative need in order to design and implement programmes of care. The core multi-disciplinary team consists of the following professionals: -

  • Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Nurses
  • Occupational therapist
  • Clinical Speciality Doctor
  • Psychologist

Also in addition the team may have input from the following disciplines as required: -

  • Social work
  • Psychiatry
  • Dietetics
  • Speech & Language therapy
  • Chiropody
  • Alternative medicine
  • Music therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Other surgical / medical specialist

All patients referred to the Unit will require a completed referral form.
Referrals will be accepted from:-

  • Member of the patient’s medical team
  • General Practitioner
  • Consultant Neuropsychologist

Referrals should be sent to:-

Dr McCaughey
Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine
Spruce House
Altnagelvin Area Hospital
Glenshane Road
Londonderry
BT47 6SB

Tel No:  028 7161 1136
Fax No: 028 7161 1365

Email: manus.mccaughey@westerntrust.hscni.net

 Click here to open the Spruce House Brain Injury Patient Information Leaflet
 Click here to open the Referral Form for Inpatient Rehabilitation