Trial scheme to supportÂ major trauma patients
Free advice and support will be offered to patients in Sheffield byÂ a specialist from the Citizens' Advice Bureau, as part of a six month pilot study.
Funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity,Â Â the service will be to thoseÂ who have suffered major trauma injuries.
TheÂ free advice and support on one day each week will coverÂ many issues including employment, self-employment, welfare benefits, debt, housing advocacy and returning to work.
Trauma rehabilitation staff hope the introduction of the service will help patients focus on their rehabilitation.
It isÂ aimed at those who have experienced a car accident, assault, fall, or who have sustainedÂ life changing injuries.
Carl Page, trauma rehabilitation co-ordinator, said: 'The very nature of '˜trauma' includes not just the patient's physical rehabilitation, but also their mental and social needs.
'Having daily contact with patientsÂ being treated for major trauma, I experience first-hand the concerns and anxieties that many have.
'Dealing with the financial stress of being off work and its implications often has an effect on a patient's mental stateÂ and can potentially lead to a negative cycle of spiralling poverty.
'If we can tackleÂ issues during the early stages this will almost certainly lead to a better overall support for patients.'
To donateÂ to the charity fund that will enhance the care of those with major trauma injuries, visitÂ www.sheffieldhosptialscharity.org.uk/donate'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹