Neurocare is a Sheffield-based medical charity which raises money for the Neurosciences Department of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Founded in the early 80’s by Consultant Neuro Surgeon Robert Battersby and Anaesthetist Jan Mundy, Neurocare has gone on to help secure the Royal Hallamshire a Centre of Excellence Award. Due in no small part to Neurocare’s contributions, Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital now has a highly specialist Neuro High Dependency and Neuro Theatre, one of the best facilities in the country, currently bettered only by the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Neurocare funds the highly advanced equipment and training that the NHS simply cannot afford to buy and as far as we are aware, we are the only charity in the country that is doing that in this field. This equipment is used to treat patients with a range of debilitating Neurological conditions such as brain tumours, Head Injury, Diseases of the Nervous System, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Epilepsy, Cancers of the Nervous System, strokes, and many more.
In 2010 we funded the Skull Base Endoscope which allows the surgeon to perform brain surgery by going through the nose, and in some cases, through the eyebrow with almost invisible scarring. The Endoscope reduces operating and recovery times and patients who have been treated with it have been overwhelmed by the results.
Neurocare has also funded practical things such as the ‘Parker Bath’ which is a specially designed reclining bath which is used on our Neuro wards by patients who would normally not be able to have one. This is often one of the most important pieces of equipment to our patients because it gives them their first bit of independence.
The specialist equipment Neurocare has provided has led to the Neurosciences department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield to have a catchment area for adults which covers a population of about 2.5 million. Patients come from South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster etc), Derbyshire (Chesterfield, Bakewell, Buxton, Glossop etc)) or North Lincolnshire (Worksop, Lincoln, Louth etc) to benefit from the state of the art facilities in the Neuro theatres and wards at the Royal Hallamshire.
Innovations in medical care and equipment are happening all the time.
Neurocare’s ambition is to make the Neurosciences Department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield the best in the UK, not just in terms of equipment but also the facilities for patients and their families.