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North West Centre for Neurological Rehabilitation (Formerly Spruce House)

North West Centre for Neurological Rehabilitation (Formerly 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 and evaluate the needs of patients who have acquired brain injury or neuro-disability and plan and implement rehabilitation programmes of care for these patients.  In addition, the Unit 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 carers, where appropriate, are involved and participate in all aspects of their assessment, goal setting, care planning, review and discharge planning.

North West Centre for Neurological Rehabilitation 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


Referral to the Unit

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 Danny Smith, Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine, Spruce House : Email:


Further resources

Brain Injury Patient Information leaflet



Locations where this service is delivered


Spruce House

Altnagelvin Area Hospital
Glenshane Road
BT47 6SB

Call us02871296218

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