Royal Edinburgh Hospital: Scottish Neurobehavioural Rehabilitation Service

This service is based in the 19 bed Robert Fergusson Unit. Principally aimed at people with challenging behaviour after ABI, it occasionally accepts people with progressive neurological problems (e.g. Huntington disease) associated with behavioural difficulties. Referrals are accepted from throughout Scotland. Only 3 beds are for NHS Lothian and occasionally an additional case is accepted. Occupancy approaches 100%. Patients are seen by the Associate Specialist in Psychiatry within a week or two of referral. However patients may have to wait about 2 months before admission (exceptionally as long as 6 months).

On average the unit discharges 12 patients per year. The length of stay is at least 3 months with an exceptional case being as long as 4 1/2 years. Discharge arrangements are often difficult and protracted as many patients still require institutional care after their time in rehabilitation.

In addition to admitting patients the team is often asked to advise on patient management within their current setting.

Contact Details: 0131 537 6000

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