Headway Acute Trauma Support

The Headway Acute Trauma Support (HATS) nurses provide emotional and practical support, information and advice to family members and carers of people in the early stages following an acquired brain injury, especially those in critical care or high dependency units. 

Acute support when brain injury strikes

The HATS Nurse is available to:

  • Be a 'listening ear' and source of support
  • Act as a link between other services, e.g. hospital staff, community support
  • Provide information on how to apply for benefits and/or compensation claims
  • Visit you in the hospital, or elsewhere if required
  • Advise on the Headway Emergency Fund
  • Continue supporting you for as long as required, and put you in touch with other organisations that may be of help
  • Accompany you to attend meetings with hospital staff if requested - it is often useful to have someone with you to discuss the information given at the meeting
  • Assist in other identified areas wherever possible

Get in touch

North East

(Based at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough)

Kerry Reynolds
Tel: 07827 911 690
Email: hats-ne@headway.org.uk

North West

(Based at The Walton Centre, Aintree Hospital, Salford Royal Hospital and The Royal Preston Hospital)

Alex Power
Tel: 07833 365 858
Email: hats-nw@headway.org.uk

West Midlands

(Based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham)

Caroline Hill
Tel: 07887 998 166
Email: hats-wm@headway.org.uk

Can't find a nurse near you? Contact our helpline to discuss how Headway can support you.

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Kerry Reynolds

"I'm able to give one-on-one support to family members all along the brain injury pathway."

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