Paralympic athlete and TV presenter opens new unit at Putney’s Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability


Ade Adepitan visited the hospital to open the Jack Emerson Centre.


By SWLondoner staff

Former Paralympic athlete Ade Adepitan visited the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney yesterday to open a new state-of-the-art ventilator unit, the Jack Emerson Centre.

The new service is a unique collaboration between RHN staff, Cowan Architects and existing patients and is designed to provide a homely environment for people living on ventilator support. 

The room is also equipped with specially adapted controls in order to increase independence for patients, with the operation of windows, curtains, televisions and radios to be controlled by the patient. 

Adepitan, who represented Great Britain as part of the wheelchair basketball team at the Sydney and Athens Paralympic Games, met and chatted to patients at the hospital.

“I have driven past the RHN hundreds of times but have never been inside,” he said.

“I had a tour of the hospital and saw the difference its charitable activity makes to the patients there and am so happy to have been invited to open the centre.”

The Albert Reckitt Charitable Trust, which has supported the work of the hospital for over 70 years, gave a donation of £500,000 for the new ventilator service.

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability  was founded nearly 160 years ago and is dedicated to the rehabilitation and long term care of people with complex disability due to acquired brain injury or neuro-degenerative disease.

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