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Specialist Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) outreach team - Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU)

RNRU Outreach Team,
Homerton University Hospital,
Homerton Row,
E9 6SR
Telephone: 020 8510 7967


Who we are

Specialist Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) outreach team - RNRU Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit is a rehabilitation services for individuals with brain injury that has occurred as a result of a stroke or a traumatic brain injury.

The difficulties for clients of the service may include:

  • Cognitive difficulties including; low mood, insight, memory
  • Difficulty managing anger or has aggressive behaviour
  • Difficulty speaking and/or making themselves understood
  • Needs help to eat or drink
  • Needs help to get up and dressed in the morning
  • Needs help to go to the toilet
  • Needs help to have a bath or shower
  • Needs help to prepare themselves a meal
  • Has difficulty going out on own
  • Needs help to use public transport
  • Needs help to return to work / education

What we do

This service aims:

  • to increase clients’ independence and self-esteem through improving their participation in work, study, leisure activities, and their social relationships.
  • set up a network of support for each client and provide brain injury education so that improvement is sustained and can be built upon when contact with the service ends.

Goals are greed with clients, their relatives/carers and the therapists, so that treatment offered matches a client’s specific needs.

Active treatment involves the therapists and rehabilitation assistants working with a client in his/her own home or setting OR another community setting typically once a week for three to six months.

A range of interventions are offered or arranged by the service and may include:

  • splinting and casting and dedicated neuro-orthotics service
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Medical services
  • Neuropsychology
  • Social work
  • Dedicated leisure co-ordinator and volunteers
  • Resident art curator and established art projects with local and visiting artists
  • Formal family education groups
  • Psychotherapist specialised in therapy for people and families living with brain injury


RNRU Follow-up Clinic (020 8510 7970) continues to see patients after discharge, initially after three months and then usually on a six-monthly or yearly basis where necessary. 

RNRU Outreach Team (020 8510 7967), will see patients after discharge in the community to further progress the patient on their rehabilitation pathway.

Record Last Updated on: 12/08/2019

Other Details

Who is eligible?

The services sees adult patients from the age of 17

Referral required?


Referral Details

Clients can be referred to the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (RNRU) Specialist Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Outreach Team by:

  • their hospital consultant
  • GP
  • Social Services
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Case Managers

Community organisations including: 

  • Headway - East London  
  • Link Place Personal Development Centre,
  • Different Strokes

Clients or their families can also self-refer.

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have a concern about the care you or a relative or friend is receiving you should talk to the person in charge of your care or the manager of the department.

If you prefer to discuss your concern with someone independent of your care team then you can contact our Patient Liaison and Advice Service (PALS).

The PALS team can help resolve queries and concerns quickly and if you are not happy with the outcome then they can advise you on our formal complaints process.


Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Homerton Row

London E9 6SR



Phone: 020 8510 7315 - out of office hours voicemail service available

Textphone: 07584 445 400

How to Get Here

Buses: 26, 30, 236, 242, 276, 308, 394, 425, 488, W15

Parking: Free limited parking

Train: Homerton

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