Earlier this year Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in London launched a Recovery Bell initiative for patients to ring once they had finished their rehabilitation journey at the service. The bell was first rung on 6th July 2023.
Last week Andrew rang the bell, marking the end of his rehabilitation at the service. Andrew had an Acute Ischaemic Stroke in March 2023, which led him to being admitted to Blackheath.
Before his stroke, Andrew was a freelance Art Tutor and Freelance Writer. Whilst at Blackheath, Andrew carried on his love of art (an example is pictured), holding an Art Exhibition on Heathside Ward from 30th October to 1st November 2023.
Patients and staff were so impressed with his artwork and freely asked him if he would draw them, and Andrew was always delighted to do so.
As he said his goodbyes, Andrew presented staff with a card and said: “Thank you for spectacular care from a great team.”
We wish Andrew all the best in the next steps of his recovery!
Ashley Honeyman, Hospital Director at Blackheath Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre said:
“The Recovery Bell has empowered the patients, and it shows them the journey they have been through and that they’ve come out the other end with a quality of life, and a future to further their journey, but most of all it shows the patients how far they have come.
The patients at Blackheath love the bell, and they are always full of joy when they get to ring it.”