Welcome

Raphael Medical Centre is a unique, independent hospital, specialising in neurorehabilitation of adults, and believes in an integrated, mind - body - spirit approach to supporting people suffering from complex neurological disabilities with cognitive and behavioural impairment. The main Centre is situated in the 17 acre Hollanden Park in Hildenborough, Tonbridge, Kent and registered with the Care Quality Commission,

Read more about the Raphael Medical Centre in 'About Us'.

IN THE NEWS.....

Raphael Medical Centre's neuropsychologists Anita Rose and Barbara Wilson along with Samira Kashinath - February Authors of the Month

In a recent interview given to Routledge, the publishers of their book 'Surviving Brain Damage After Assault', they talk about why they wrote the book and that they "wish to convince rehabilitation staff, medical professionals, health care funders and families that considerable gains can be made even after a long period of reduced consciousness". In the book they will describe and show readers the type of care patients can receive if politicians, health care purchasers and society in general recognise the value of rehabilitation.

To read more about the interview click here.

To read about the book click here

To read more about Gary click here

 

The Raphael Medical Centre's resident neurospychologist, and on of the worlds leading experts, Dr Anita Rose, was recently interviewed by News Medical and asked for her thoughts on why MS patients don't always engage with specialists.

In the interview, Dr Rose said 'I believe that often it is a lack of patient understanding about the clinical implications of not taking proactive action that could be considered a significant factor in discouraging some people with MS from accessing services and support. Many people with MS have “invisible symptoms” such as fatigue, bladder issues or mild changes in cognition and as they “manage” to live with these issues compared to loss of mobility they can believe the potential severity of the condition can be underestimated.

In addition, a lack of awareness about the clinical benefits of early intervention, and a lack of patient understanding about the range of treatment options available are considered key factors in dissuading some people from regular engagement with a specialist.

If you would like to read the interview in full please click here.

If you are interested in consulting with Dr Rose please contact the centre using the contact details provided on this website.

 

The Raphael Medical Centre featured at St Paul's Cathedral Art Exhibition

The Raphael Medical Centre was delighted to be a sponsor of the month long art exhibition at St Paul's Cathedral entitled "This is Not Me". The artworks were from the unique perspective of people with an acquired brain injury, and the exhibition has been organised by the Acquired Brain Injury Forum for London (ABIL). Running from January 27 to February 26, the exciting exhibition in the Cathedral's Minor Canons' Aisle portrayed the reality of living with an acquired brain injury and challenges the perceptions of this 'hidden injury'.

The 20 works on display were created by people with a range of acquired brain injuries who have been learning to come to terms with changes in their lives, sometimes having to ‘get to know’ themselves and their place in society all over again. Their experiences provided a unique lens on the universal themes of alienation, trauma, loss, identity and acceptance. We were delighted when Tracey Eason, a patient from the Raphael Medical Centre, had her self portrait artwork selected by ABIL and to be on display at the exhibition.

When Tracey was asked about her portrait she said " I consider the charcoal picture to be my signature piece. It portrays my thoughts and feelings and previous skills too. The reason I love doing artwork is to piece together something which helps me to express my feelings and thinking of the moment and the loss of individuality and my freedom."

 

The Raphael Medical Centre featured on the BBC News

The Raphael Medical Centre recently featured on the BBC Newsroom Southeast, when they reported on the support and treatment provided by the Raphael to Gary Hayward following a brain injury he sustained. More information on this story, initially reported on by the Courier newspaper, can be found here.

Events

UPCOMING EVENTS.....

THE MANAGEMENT OF SPASTICITY, Wed 25th May 2016

Speakers include Dr Lal Landham

This day workshop aims to provide clinicians with an overview of spasticity. The workshop will discuss the assessment and detail the current evidence on the utilisation of outcome measures. It will aim to integrate the physical management strategies along with the many treatments available and highlighting future research in spasticity. Discussion will be on the practical real life translation of the evidence and importance of education and self management.

The workshop will cover:

  • Pathophysiology
  • Measuring Spasticity
  • Impact of Spasticity
  • The importance of a Multi-disciplinary approach to management
  • Interventions including Botulinum Toxin treatment, oral medications, massage, oil dispersion bath and the role of splinting
  • Managing Spasticity in community, acute and neurorehabilitation settings

The learning outcomes

By the end of workshop participants will have an understanding of spasticity including assessment, medical and physical interventions and the management of spasticity in various settings. This will be achieved through:

  • A gained understanding of spasticity
  • Looking at assessment, treatments and measurement of spasticity
  • Gaining understanding of the impact on patients’ lives
  • Understanding the importance of diagnosis
  • Understanding the importance of managing spasticity in various settings

Places for this are priced at £95. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to book online.