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Rebuild and Citizen’s Advice Southwark set up weekly clinic to support King’s limb reconstruction patients
From October 2019, patients of the limb reconstruction unit at King’s College Hospital (KCH) can access free, confidential, independent and impartial advice and support on all aspects of welfare benefits, employment issues, housing issues and mobility guidance from Citizen’s Advice Southwark https://www.citizensadvicesouthwark.org.uk. in a weekly face-to-face clinic based in the hospital. This initiative is funded by REBUILD, the charity which supports limb reconstruction patients at KCH on their journey to recovery and rehabilitation.
Patients undergoing limb reconstruction treatment often have complex needs, due to the lengthy treatment which can incur prolonged periods of reduced income, unemployment or limited mobility. Advice is available on:
Welfare benefit issues, encompassing problems relating to claiming, maintaining or disputing awards, such as Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment or Attendance Allowance. These are all benefits which often relate to disabilities or ill-health, and so are especially relevant to patients undergoing lengthy limb reconstruction treatment.
Employment issues, where patients may face difficulties with contractual or statuary sick pay, or returning to work after a long period of sick leave and dealing with reasonable adjustments.
Housing issues, which may involve dealing with rent arrears, homelessness, disrepair and eviction.
Mobility issues, for those seeking advice on discounts and exemptions for travel on public transport and taxi services, and eligibility for a Blue Badge https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blue-badge-can-i-get-one which may grant additional concessions, including disabled parking and exemption from road tax.
Advice is by appointment every Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm in Suite 3, in the Trauma and Orthopaedic Outpatients Department.
Please contact Debbie Bond (Senior Nurse, Limb Reconstruction Unit) for more information and appointment bookings:
Telephone – 020 3299 3186
Email – Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID -19: PLEASE NOTE THAT FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS MAY BE SUSPENDED AT PRESENT.
Fiona Squire, a former limb reconstruction patient, talks with @Kings magazine about how the Mind & Body Programme.
My accident irreversibly changed my life. I had hit despair, with no sense of an improving future: no more nursing, dog-walking, or caring for my ill husband. The programme revealed the distress and depression I was carrying with me, and was far from managing. It changed the outcome of my recovery and restored my confidence. My life will never be as I had planned, but I can now see a future ahead, thanks to the care I have received.
Graeme Groom, Fiona’s consultant orthopaedic surgeon:
We believe physical and psychological are indivisible. A neglected mind plays havoc with the treatment of the body.
Find out more about Mind and Body by clicking here.
Keen supporter of King’s College Hospital, Gary Morgan ran his first ever Marathon this year and chose REBUILD as the charity to fundraise for.
My family have a long association with King’s, and we are so grateful for the marvellous care we have had over the years,” he said. “It was a real pleasure to be able to give something back, by supporting the patients of the limb reconstruction unit and REBUILD. It was a lifelong ambition to do the London Marathon, and I was delighted to be able to fundraise for such a good cause at the same time.”
Gary’s time was a very respectable 4 hours and 35 minutes.
Gary raised more than £4170 for us, with very generous donations from family and friends, his employer, building contractor Stanmore Ltd, and many of their vendors and customers.
Our appreciation goes to you all for your contributions. Thank you!
Come and meet other current and former limb reconstruction patients, as well as some of the Trustees, at the Rebuild stall at the Crystal Palace Festival on Saturday June 16th. We are located in the Village Green area, so very easy to find.
In addition to us, there’s a host of activities for families, including children’s events and the dog show, as well as a fantastic music line-up, topped by South London favourites, the Stereo MCs. And don’t forget the famous Crystal Palace dinosaurs! Some of them may drop in to the festival for fun…
We look forward to seeing you!
Many thanks to Poscimur for so generously fundraising for Rebuild (KLRT) at the Carols by Candlelight concert on Saturday 10th December 2016, at Our Lady of Lourdes church in Lee. A wonderful afternoon of Christmas music was completed with festive refreshments.
Rebuild trustee, Graeme Groom, walked through the night, completing 100 km of the 2016 Thames Path Challenge to raise money for the charity.
Rebuild Chair, Sarah Philips, walked 50km on the Thames Path Challenge on 10th September 2016, raising more than £2100 to support patients of the Limb Reconstruction Unit at King’s. Many thanks to all the generous sponsors for their kind donations to the charity.