A purpose built centre providing neurological rehabilitation helping thousands of people across the region has celebrated its 10th birthday.

Walkergate Park (WGP) was opened by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and provides rehabilitation, treatment and assessment for people with a disability caused by injury or disease to the brain.

Elaine Fletcher, Associate Director for Neurological and Specialist Mental Health Services said: “Ten years ago we moved from a crumbling Hunters Moor building into this amazing centre, it was a flagship for neurorehabilitation, neuropsychiatry and neurobehavioural services.  WGP is unique in the fact that we have so many different services and treatments all under one roof.

“We are the only level one provider of services in the North East for patients who require the most complex neuro rehabilitation.  This means that the service offers the best level of care to the most complex of conditions.

“I would like to thank all our staff, service users and carers for making this such a special place and we look forward to continuing to provide a service to those that need our specialist centre.”

The philosophy of staff at WGP is to work in partnership with service users, families and carers to give all their patients a good quality of life, to help individuals re-learn skills in order to help them achieve independence and ultimately return to the most appropriate setting within the community.

Nick Hedley, Chair of the Service Users Forum at WGP said: “As a forum we work closely with staff and management to make the services here at WGP highly successful.  We are able to give staff and management feedback from our service users about their experiences.”

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