The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre specialises in the total management of patients paralysed following spinal cord injury or non-progressive spinal cord disease. This includes ongoing advice and support to meet the changing needs of the patient.
Our multidisciplinary teams enable an individual to optimise their physical and psychological ability to achieve independence appropriate to their level of disability. This will take into consideration the values, choice and social situation of the patient, their families and carers.
We are committed to provide a high standard of quality care through an ongoing education, research, development and staff training programme.
Multidisciplinary care allows for appropriate use of the expertise of a mix of health care professionals. This approach ensures an organised division of tasks, working towards a common goal where there is a group responsibility for the final outcome.
The team is further enhanced by consultation when required with other health care professionals including speech and language therapy, pathology, pharmacy, dietetics, stoma therapy and medical specialists in urology, psychiatry, plastic surgery, neuro surgery, pain management, respiratory medicine, infection control and orthopaedic surgery.
All teams deliver services to patients undergoing primary rehabilitation and those admitted for treatment of complications of their spinal cord injury. The team works with the patient, family and carers in establishing goals to maximise an individual's independence and function. The team takes every opportunity to ensure communication within and between disciplines is effective.
Each discipline holds their own team meeting to organise work schedules, discuss professional development, policies and procedures and address any individual team issues that may arise.