Sussex Rehabilitation Centre announced as Mayor’s Charity

Published: 09 November 2021

Town Mayor, Cllr Howard Mundin, has chosen the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre at the Princess Royal Hospital, as his charity for his term of office while attending a talk by Dr Khalid Ali, senior lecturer in Geriatrics and Stroke Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS, along with members of the multidisciplinary team from Sussex Rehabilitation Centre, hospital doctors and allied healthcare professionals.

Speaking of his chosen Charity, the Mayor says

After a stroke, rehabilitation programs are critical in helping patients regain lost skills and become independent again and we are so fortunate in Haywards Heath to have a renowned centre for stroke rehabilitation right on our doorsteps at the Princess Royal Hospital.

Evidence shows that people with a suspected stroke get the best outcomes when they are admitted to a hospital with a highly specialist and experienced team of stroke experts and having worked at the Princess Royal Hospital for almost 20 years, I am delighted that I will be able to support the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) as my chosen charity.

The SRC has an outstanding record in treatment that is recognised nationally, working with each patient to assess and create treatment plans to maximise their recovery. The Unit works with over 200 new patients each year, with a much lower length of stay than comparable units. Figures show that stroke is the commonest cause of disability in high income countries (44 million worldwide) and I know that many of our residents and their families have been touched by this life changing event and are grateful for the remarkable support provided by the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre. I also stress the importance of a partnership between hospital stroke specialists and community organisations to improve the care and long-term outcomes for stroke survivors in Sussex

I am really looking forward to supporting the SRC, in fact fundraising has already begun and we intend to put the money towards a fully accessible therapy garden at the centre which their therapists can use to enhance the treatment, mood and wellbeing of their patients.