WINCHESTER MP, Steve Brine visited a rehabilitation centre in the city to mark the start of a new campaign to improve access to community rehab services across the UK.

‘Rehab Matters’ from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy aims to highlight the important role that rehabilitation play in improving patient’s long term health as well as the need for such services to be readily available to patients.

Hobbs rehabilitation centre in Martyr Worthy, which provides intensive inpatient and outpatient services to patients including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy.

Helen Hobbs and Nicky Ellis, co-founders, presented Mr Brine with a book of case studies showing the importance of rehabilitation and the impact it has on the lives of patients and their families.

He met patients and their families who shared their stories, and experiences.

Mr Brine said: “A fascinating visit where I learnt a huge amount. I met some really inspiring people who’ve been through so much but, through their work at Hobbs, are turning their lives around after illness or injury. Hobbs is a local success story we’re all so proud to have in Winchester and, above all, it proves rehab works and rehab matters.”

Ms Hobbs added: “The provision of a seamless pathway from residential rehabilitation through to outpatient and home-based community therapy enabling people to get back to their families and to their everyday lives is at the heart of what we do.

“Our commitment to the research and development of new therapies is paramount and we are excited to talk with Steve about our plans for a bespoke neurotechnology, research, treatment & rehabilitation centre. This centre will provide a unique service offering both 24 hour residential nursing care combined with intensive rehabilitation, outpatient and community therapy.”

The service will combine hands on specialist therapy with neurotechnology and research to promote better outcomes for the patients both locally as well as for others in the UK.”