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Rehabilitation can be defined as the process of assisting an individual to maximise their independence and function after an injury or illness. Neurorehabilitation is the area of rehabilitation medicine that treats conditions that affect the nervous system.

Osborn 4 is a 14 bedded inpatient Neurorehabilitation Centre within the Neurosciences directorate. It provides specialist inpatient (sub-acute) rehabilitation for patients with a range of neuropathology and the potential to benefit from active assessment and/or rehabilitation. Patients admitted to Osborn 4 have rehabilitation needs beyond the scope of other local services, where they are available. Osborn 4 does not provide an outpatient service.

The Multi-disciplinary Team consists of Rehabilitation Consultants, Rehabilitation Nurses, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Psychology. The unit also has access to additional professionals, for example, Dietetics, Orthoptists, Pharmacists and Dentists.

A multidisciplinary team assessment is undertaken to identify an individual’s potential to benefit from rehabilitation at that time and establish a rehabilitation programme.

The potential to benefit from rehabilitation within Osborn 4 is defined as requiring and having the ability to engage in a period of goal orientated active multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, unless being admitted for a period of specialist assessment, for example, assessment of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC)


Referral to the Unit can be made by completing a referral form to be sent to the team by email. All potential referrals are discussed by the Multi-Disciplinary Team and a response is made to the referrer by email. Accepted referrals will then be placed on a waiting list for admission.


Osborn 4 Neurorehabilitation Centre
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road
S5 7AU

Key Contacts

Adrian Jones - Ward Manager
Emma Brinkley - Ward Sister

Ward phone number

0114 2715976

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