The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Centre operates a policy of comprehensive care for people who suffer spinal cord paralysis. It provides acute care; rehabilitation, resettlement and lifetime follow up. The Centre dates back to 1948 when it was based at the Wharncliffe Hospital under the guidance of Dr Alan Hardy. Over the years the centre has evolved, moving to Lodge Moor in 1954 and then on to its current location in the Osborn Building of the Northern General Hospital in 1994. A constant throughout the life of the centre has been the importance placed upon sport as part of patients' rehabilitation – there has always been a very active patient's sports club which has developed in parallel with the centre.
The centre has 62 beds in 3 wards (acute, rehabilitation and reassessment/ surgical) together with a dedicated outpatient department, day surgery unit, x-ray department, physiotherapy and occupational therapy departments, swimming pool and sports hall. There is a dedicated operating theatre where urological, orthopaedic and plastic surgical procedures on paralysed patients are routinely carried out. Access to a pre-discharge flat within the building allows patients and their carers to practice independent living skills before discharge.
The Consultant Medical staff for the Spinal Injuries Centre currently comprises Mr M R McClelland (Clinical Director), Mr Pradeep Thumbikat and Dr K Mathew (Consultants in Spinal Injuries), Mr P R Tophill and Ms S Reid (Consultant Urologists) and Dr Jane Royle (Consultant Clinical Psychologist). In addition there is a specialty doctor and regular Spinal Orthopaedic input.
There are links with Sheffield University to provide a firm research base at the Centre. Research is carried out in bladder management, prevention of pressure sore and control of spasticity.
The Spinal Injuries Centre can be contacted through the main hospital switchboard on 0114 2434343