The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) is an ongoing story of hope. Originally known as the ‘Hospital for Incurables’, it was founded by Andrew Reed in 1854 on the belief that everyone had the right to a fulfilling life, whatever their level of ability.

This ethos won the support of some of Britain’s greatest figures, including Florence Nightingale and Charles Dickens; and over the years that followed, it became clear that there was something very different about the RHN.

The RHN redefined the concept of care

The RHN believed that true care extended further than just medical treatment and this remains a core part of its philosophy today. Visit, and you will see that the RHN is more than a hospital; it is a community in which everyone comes together to help adults with neurological disability achieve the best possible quality of life.

It does this through rehabilitation, long term care, research and education. It provides a wide variety of specialist therapies alongside clinical and recreational services all under one roof. This means greater continuity of care and more immediate action with minimal disruption.


The RHN changes lives

The RHN leads where others follow – it set up the UK’s first Brain Injury Unit, specialising in the assessment and treatment of people with disorders of consciousness, and the UK’s first Transitional Rehabilitation Unit, helping those affected by brain injury return to living as independently as possible.

Its work is applauded internationally as it looks to the future, seeking to advance the science of care for people living with neurological disability, researching clinical developments, influencing policy and sharing knowledge to help even more people achieve the highest possible quality of life.

The RHN is a charity and independent hospital

The RHN works closely with the NHS, but is not a part of it. Because of its charitable status, the RHN can raise funds to pay for services and technologies over and above those offered at traditional hospitals, like the life-changing assistive technology which can give a voice to people who cannot speak, and give a degree of freedom to those who cannot move. The RHN’s story is inspiring – with every page important and each chapter remarkable.

How the RHN will be supporting The Patron’s Lunch, locally

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability will be encouraging its local supporters and residents to organise a record number of street parties within the Putney and Wandsworth area, and even further afield, in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen. Members of the RHN team will visit these street parties to take photos and videos, to compile a street party montage.

Within the hospital itself, wards will be encouraged to celebrate by hosting very British tea parties!

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