The Assessment and Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) has numerous specialised clinics for complex conditions along with a multi-disciplinary team that offers individual and group therapy programmes on a weekly basis.  We specialise in a range of conditions that affect older people including:

Stroke – Our stroke follow up clinic  provides further review for patients discharged from the acute stroke unit who may be affected by a stroke, the aim of the clinic is to prevent any further occurrences, maximize recovery potential, review investigations and any ongoing treatment/management.

Patients with suspected stroke who have not been admitted to the ASU are also referred from GP precatices.

There are 2 stroke follow up clinics per week, one led by the stroke consultant the other led by the stroke specialist nurse

TIA Clinic – In addition to the stroke follow up clinic  we have a daily nurse led rapid access TIA clinic for patients who have had a suspected TIA, referrals to this clinic are via the ED or GP practice.

Parkinsons Disease – We have a dedicated Parkinson’s Disease nurse specialist who works closely with patients across Barnsley within the ARU and within the community.  A specialist Parkinson’s Disease clinic is run by both the nurse specialist and our consultant Parkinson’s specialist, Dr Al-Bazzaz on a regular basis

Syncope / Falls / Fraility – Patients with syncope (fainting ) and unexplained falls will be referred to the specialist Falls and Syncope team who help with the diagnosis and management of these types of conditions.

Bladder / Bowel Dysfunction – The aim of this clinic is to assess and treat continence conditions, and help people and carers manage continence problems more effectively. There are weekly consultants and nurse led clinics.  Co-ordinating care with the community continence team, helps maintain appropriate and effective continence care.

Chronic Digenerative Disease – If your consultant feels you have the potential for rehabilitation or need support from ARU, you will be referred and an assessment will be performed, by a multi-disciplinary team, consisting of physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and nursing staff, whereby any problems can be discussed and a programme of treatment implemented as appropriate