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ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY (ABI)

"Getting Your Head around Brain Injury"

The definition of acquired brain injury (ABI) describes a condition which is acquired after birth (from 5 years old) and can apply to any age. It is non-progressive and caused by various traumas to the brain.
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Typically, this could be due to damage to brain tissue after:

 

  • road traffic accidents
  • assaults
  • falls
  • industrial accidents
  • sporting accidents
  • poisoning
  • viral infections to the brain
  • neuro surgery 
  • damage to blood vessels in the brain.

 

 

People’s experience of brain injury can differ greatly from one person to the next. Brain injury can affect every area of a person’s life which can be either for the long or the short term.


 Aims of the Service:

   

The aim of the service is to provide community based integrative assessment and rehabilitation for brain injured individuals and their families. To facilitate individuals smooth transition between hospital and community, where necessary by improving services and the knowledge and understanding of ABI among service users, carers and professionals.

 

Our team consists of both a social work and psychology component which is advantageous to everyone as it ensures that a holistic care package is put in place for each client.

 

We believe in partnership working and have established a local Managed Care Network for Acquired Brain Injury which meets regularly to discuss issues relevant to ABI, including working on the development of ABI training, service standards, research, and supports.

  

Contact Us

Acquired Brain Injury Team

Community Health and Care Partnership

6-14 Bridge Street

Dumbarton

G82 1NT

 

Tel: 01389 737020

 

You can contact us by email 

View our service documents/reports in the Resource Library




 You can download Inspection reports about the service from the

Care Inspectorate 

  

Not only do we offer support to our clients, but we encourage that they support each other and a peer support group called the BIEN group has become well established and has many active members who are keen to develop opportunities for each other.

 

We support anyone who lives within West Dunbartonshire between the ages of 16-65 years old and who has received a brain injury which is the main issue affecting their quality of life. The referral pathway is easy and we take referrals from hospitals, GPs, family members or from service users themselves.  You can download the referral form from here.

 

You can view the Acquired Brain Injury Service Information Guide 2014 within in our  Resource Library


 

 

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