Last Friday (18 August) saw former patients and staff at the Wolfson Neurorehabilitation Centre get together to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

At Queen Mary’s, a tea party was held with live music and a magician to entertain the guests. Matron Dee Kapfunde, former Matron Paul Silke, and Clinical Lead Dr Sancho Wong all made speeches to the attendees and spoke about their time at the Centre.

At St George’s, a party was held in the dining room on Thomas Young Ward with a ballroom dancing instructor on hand to teach staff and patients some steps!

Avey Bhatia, Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control, attended the event at St George’s and told us: “It was fantastic to see the effort put in by the teams on Kent and Thomas Young wards, and to see how much our patients enjoyed it. This sort of event really shows how our staff regularly go above and beyond their daily duties to improve patients’ stay in hospital and to bring a smile to their faces.”

Julia Lawrence, Service Manager for the Wolfson, said: “Patients and staff really enjoyed the day, the food was excellent along with the music. Patients said it was such an enjoyable day for all and it was so good to see ex patients return to celebrate with us. As always the Wolfson celebrations are a family affair!”

The Wolfson, which relocated from its original site in Wimbledon to Queen Mary’s in 2015, is the largest specialist neurorehabilitation centre in London providing care for patients with neurological conditions such as strokes and brain injuries.