The construction of a rehabilitation centre to help patients recover skills lost following an incident resulting in brain injury has got underway in Carmarthenshire.

The Llanelli residential centre will open its doors in spring 2014 and will have an expert team of neuropsychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and specially trained workers on hand to aid the recovery of people who have suffered a brain injury.

Medical staff checking a scan for brain injury

Recruitment for senior posts at the centre has already begun.

The centre, which is being built at the Llanelli Waterside development, is the first of its kind in Wales and is designed to help patients regain lost skills after an accident, stroke, assault or illness while living closer to home.

Residential

Accommodation at the centre features ensuite bathrooms and onsite flats for people who are making good progress and are increasingly able to live independently.

Residents who are able to live a semi-independent lifestyle but still require the long term support and urgent help from staff at the centre can make use of the flats within an onsite bungalow.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust project aims to give people the peace of mind that they are close to home during their recovery, and the new centre will give 24 adult patients this opportunity when it opens in spring 2014.

Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, Susan Munroe, said: “We hope this new centre will make a real difference to people in Wales who have suffered a brain injury.”

She confirmed that the Trust is already recruiting for a number of the senior posts available at the centre.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said the centre would “not only provide a highly specialised and valuable resource to help and support people with brain injuries but will also create a significant number of jobs that will provide a range of new employment opportunities”.

Brain injury specialists

Solicitor Mark Lampkin said “We’re pleased to hear news of the new rehabilitation centre in Llanelli. When we take on a case involving any head or brain injury we’ll always look at how we can assist the client on the road to recovery. Ensuring the client has access to the specialist teams needed to help in the rehabilitation process is vital so a residential centre like this is marvellous.”