Each year, more than 2,200 patients, including approximately 500 stroke patients, rely on Vancouver Island’s centre for neurological care at Victoria General Hospital.
Our neurosciences and rehabilitation teams care for people who require brain or spinal treatment, and those who have rehabilitation needs after an illness, injury, or surgery. Because the brain is central to the body’s function, we need to be precise when analyzing, diagnosing, and treating injuries. This requires sophisticated and powerful equipment. Your directed donation helps fund these purchases so patients have the best chance at a full recovery.
Neurosciences & rehabilitation patients face many challenges, sometimes in the body’s most intricate areas, the spine and brain. These require highly specialized responses. Thankfully, the neurosciences & rehabilitation teams are always ready.
Brain and spinal injuries are critical
Not only is the brain and spine your nerve centre, it’s also the repository of your body’s “software.” That’s why brain injuries are potentially life-altering for individuals and their families. And that’s why getting the right treatment quickly is so crucial to patient success. Equipment is essential to this.
Our neuroscience experts treat a range of conditions, including trauma, epilepsy, tumours, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease. Victoria General Hospital operates a regional Stroke Program, and the Stroke Rapid Assessment Unit, two specialized teams that provide world-class stroke care in minimal time, often entirely circumnavigating effects of these potentially devastating events.
With proper equipment, our medical teams can help patients on their road to recovery
Once the initial danger posed by an injury, illness, or surgery has passed, our patients recover and rehabilitate in Victoria General Hospital’s 29-bed Neurological Rehabilitation Unit or in Royal Jubilee Hospital’s 25-bed Musculo-Skeletal Rehabilitation Unit.
In Rehabilitation, the role of the team is to maximize a patient’s potential and function. Just like any other doctor or caregiver, there are here the moment a patient comes in, but instead of focusing on the surgery or the stroke, the team looks at every other problem that can or will happen to a patient’s body as a consequence of their initial condition. For example, physiotherapists practice chest therapy on patients lying in hospital beds to prevent pneumonia, our physiatrists help stroke victims experiencing tight muscles to prevent permanent damage and our dieticians attend to a patient’s nutritional needs to ensure their body is nourished and therefore able to recover.
Royal Jubilee Hospital also operates the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, providing the neurological, physiological, and psychiatric care necessary to ensure MS patients have the best possible outcomes. This includes psychiatry, neurological, and physical medicine consultation.
Help us offer neurologic patients a better future
Neurological conditions require specialized, highly sophisticated care. With your donation to neurosciences & rehabilitation, we can invest in the equipment and programs that make a difference for patients suffering from these illnesses and injuries.
Last year, our hospitals oversaw
- 240+ brain surgeries
- 490+ stoke cases
- 670+ spinal surgeries
In the spring of 2017, our donors came together to fund 23 pieces of priority equipment for neurology and rehabilitation.
“My wife Val and I are so truly grateful for the care I received from Lisa and everyone else at Victoria General Hospital. I can’t tell you how thankful we are for everything she did to aid my recovery. She helped me learn to swallow again, supporting and encouraging me at every step. If it wasn’t for Lisa and the technology that helped me get better, I don’t know where I would be.”
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