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Spinal Cord Injury

This page was last updated: March 10th, 2023

Safeguarding Services are the central point of contact for patients with a spinal cord injury. We receive the ‘Patient Care Passport for Spinal Cord Injuries’ and liaise with the relevant wards on behalf of the patient.

Patient Care Hospital Passport for Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have a spinal cord injury, please complete our Patient Care Passport for Spinal Cord Injuries or alternatively email: to request a passport. This passport will alert staff that you have a spinal cord injury and help support any additional clinical needs you may have.

Contact Information for Digital Rectal Evacuation of Faeces (DRE)

The following staff are competent to perform or give advice and should be contacted for help and support for any patient who requires DRE:

Royal Cornwall and St Michael’s Hospitals

  • For Surgical Care Practitioners please contact Switchboard on 01872 250000
  • For Marie Therese House please contact 01736 758 879
  • For staff training on DRE please contact the Learning and Development department on 01872 256 489

Wheelchair Service

The Wheelchair Service supports adults and children who require a standard or specialist wheelchair, living in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly. They assess people with long term mobility needs who require a wheelchair for longer than a period of 6 months. All equipment is provided on a long term loan basis for as long as your clinical need requires it. If you require a wheelchair, a GP or other health professional involved in your care can make a referral.

Spinal Patient Innovation Network Experience Service Group

Patients and professionals working together to develop practice for Spinal Cord Injury patients.

If you are a member of staff and would like to be part of this Group, please email Safeguarding Services:

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