Local mother praises “outstanding support” to her son from NCH&C NHS Trust’s Community Neurology Team

Heather and Adam

Heather Pearson has thanked NCH&C’s Community NHS Neurology Team for the “outstanding” support they have provided to her and her son, following a life-changing medical condition.

Three years ago Heather’s son, Adam (then 33 years old), tragically suffered a brain aneurysm, with subsequent subarachnoid haemorrhage. He required surgery and was eventually admitted into rehab at the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust’s (NCH&C) Centre for Specialist Rehabilitation Services, located at Colman Hospital.

During Adam’s time at Colman, he was referred to the NCH&C’s Community Neurology Service, at St James Clinic, Kings Lynn to continue his recovery. He has been working with the Community Neurology team for around a year now and his mum, Heather, has spoken out about the help and support her son has received.

“It has made all the difference to his confidence” said Heather. “The Community Neurology Team give him support and encouragement every step of the way. They listen to his needs and talk things through with him to ensure he is happy with what’s going on. They have also been a huge support to me. They always take the time to answer my questions and explain things. In my opinion, they go above and beyond the call of duty.”

The Community Neurology Team offers emotional and practical support and advice to people who have been diagnosed with neurological conditions. The specialist multi-disciplinary team assess people's physical, emotional and psychological needs using functional and standardised assessments. This ensures adults with a neurological condition are able to live and work to their maximum ability.

As part of Adam’s support, the Community Assistant Practitioner takes him swimming once a week to help with his physical development.

“My son has progressed so much with their help,” continued Heather. “People come up to me at the swimming pool to comment on how well he is doing, which is wonderful to hear.”

Commenting on Adams’ development, Allison Coxon, Service Lead for the Community Neurology Service, said: “Adam has been progressing very well over the last year, becoming much more independent, and engaged in his daily life.  He has had assessments, treatments, advice and education from a number of the team members – Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Speech Therapist and Assistant Practitioner throughout this time.

“We aim to offer tailored and holistic intervention to patients with long term neurological conditions, using home based and community based (aqua rehab, gym programmes, social reintegration) purposeful activity to improve physical, cognitive, communication, emotional and social issues.

“We really appreciate the comments from Adam and his family, as we work hard as a collaborative team to try to offer the best services we can for our patients and look forward to working further with Adam and his family to achieve his goals.”

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