Royal Bucks Hospital steps in to help people with brain injuries

The Royal Bucks Hospital
The Royal Bucks Hospital

A hospital which was in the news for all the wrong reasons during 2013 has been praised for coming to the rescue of people with brain injuries.

Last year former bosses at Royal Bucks Hospital were heavily criticised for failing to pay staff on time but its new management have turned things around.

The independent hospital stepped in to provide a room - free of charge - for Headway Aylesbury Vale, which needed a temporary home when its lease in Bierton Road ran out.

Peter Preston, Headway’s chairman of trustees, said: “We simply cannot forget the generosity of the hospital which came to our aid when things were really looking bleak.

“Royal Bucks have come up trumps and despite other revenue opportunities that were on offer, they extended our stay until the end of May and continued to provide the room free.”

Headway manager Karen Styles said it was ‘vital’ they found a home to support its clients.

She said: “Given the needs of our clients, this was no easy task and as the deadline drew nearer we really were getting quite desperate.”

CEO of the Buckingham Road hospital Andrew Norman said: “It’s been a pleasure to have Headway based here.

“Headway’s goal is to support people with neurological challenges, so it was a good fit for us, and we were happy to provide a room for free.

“We are keen to build strong links with the local community and we look forward to working with Headway and supporting them in their new premises.”

Headway will soon complete its move to a purpose-built facility in Wedgewood Street, Fairford Leys.

The new centre will be partially supported for two years by Bucks County Council and has the potential to be open seven days a week.