Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire made a private visit to the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre to see the facilities, meet some of the patients and learn about the incredible work being carried out at the work of the centre.
As a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister of State at the Department for Health, Rosie is keen to see the various health facilities available to the residents of West Lancashire and the North West. She was shown round the unit by the Clinical Director, Dr Clive Glass and the Director of Operations Janette Brookes.
Rosie met a number of patients within the various parts of the unit, from the centre’s intensive care unit, the high dependency unit and the general wards. One patient she met was Dr Iain Kewley who was a GP at Railway Road Surgery in Ormskirk between 1990 and 2003. Iain is now a GP in Douglas, Isle of Man but was unfortunately involved in a road traffic accident last November and has been at the spinal injuries centre since then. His mother is well known and respected Ormskirk resident Jean Kewley.
Later Rosie met some of the patients in the later stages of rehabilitation as they enjoyed a game of ‘wheelchair rugby’ in the gym.
Rosie said: “I was delighted to visit the Spinal Injuries Centre and meet such a dedicated team, led by Dr Clive Glass, for whom the patient was at the centre of all the services they provide. The unit boasts wonderful facilities, all of which are much appreciated by the patients at the centre – for whom a big problem appears to be getting the right accommodation that meets their needs and enables them to live near their families when they are ready to leave the care of the unit”.