French visitors impressed by Leamington hospital

The French students outside the Central England Rehabilitation Unit.
The French students outside the Central England Rehabilitation Unit.

Nursing and social care students from France have learnt more about the UK NHS during a visit to Leamington.

Some 46 students from Sainte Thècle School in Chamalières, near Clermont-Ferrand in central France, recently visited the Central England Rehabilitation Unit (CERU) in Warwick Gates.

The trip was aimed at giving the students an opportunity to see NHS care first hand and get a better understanding of how neuro-rehabilitation is delivered.

They met CERU’s general manager Sue Bleasdale, who told them about the structure of the NHS and how the brain injury unit is run and care is delivered to patients. They were also able to look round the new unit and meet staff.

Benoit Hebbinckuys, teacher at Sainte Thècle School, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to CERU and would like to thank all of the staff for their warm welcome. CERU offers fantastic facilities, so it was great for our students to see it first-hand. Thank you again for giving us this opportunity.”

Sue Bleasdale said: “It was great to meet all of the students and show them around the unit. They were all very interested and enthusiastic to find out more about the NHS and how we care for patients at CERU.”

CERU, formerly known as the Leamington Rehabilitation Unit, opened in November 2013 following development work which doubled the unit’s capacity from 21 to 42 beds.

It is a specialist facility which cares for patients with acquired brain injuries.