Print

Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex opens

8 June 2010

The new Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex for injured soldiers at Headley Court in Surrey officially opened on 04 June.

The new complex - funded by the charity and opened by His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales - is a major boost to the site’s current facilities and features a 25m long swimming pool with moving floor, an ‘Aqua Jogger’, a new and improved gym, and new medical rehabilitation facilities.

Capita Symonds provided a multidisciplinary range of services on the project – including architecture, civil and structural engineering, ecology, landscaping and environmental - on behalf of Interserve Building which in turn is working on behalf of PriDE - the Ministry of Defence's Prime South East Contractor.

Headley Court provides care and rehabilitation for soldiers returning from battlefields in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq with serious injuries that often lead to amputations. Over the last three years the facility, which looks after more than 180 patients, has increased the number of beds available for "complex trauma" patients from 18 to 66. Since opening in June 2006, it has also become of one of the country's most advanced prosthetic workshops, dealing with 50 patients who have lost limbs.

The site also provides support for soldiers through physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, a psychologist and a cognitive therapist. It originally began its work after World War II for RAF personnel but in 1996 became the main UK military rehabilitation centre for all three armed forces.

Find out more about the official opening on the Help for Heroes website