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Family's fight for brain injury care


BBC Newsline's Tara Mills reports on the concerns of families coping with a loved one's brain injury.

By Tara Mills
BBC Newsline

Patients with severe brain injuries are spending months or years in hospital because there are no places for them to be cared for in the community.

The most common causes of the injuries are accidents, strokes and heart attacks which leave people unable to walk or talk.

One patient has been in hospital for three years, others have been there many months.

Dr John McCann of the Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit talks about caring for patients.

There is no nursing care home specifically for people with brain injuries and only a small number of homes are registered to provide the necessary care.

However, these are full and there are waiting lists.

It all puts pressure on patients' families and on the availability of beds for other people who need specialised care.

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