The Frank Cooksey Rehabilitation Unit (FCRU) provides intensive inpatient neuro-rehabilitation for patients who are recovering from a severe neurological event and who need specialist care to aid their recovery. This includes help with learning how to walk, talk, dress and do everyday activities.

Based at Orpington Hospital, our 15-bed, medium-stay unit sees people who need rehabilitation because of a wide range of illnesses or injuries, such as:

  • stroke
  • brain and spinal cord injuries
  • peripheral neuromuscular diseases such as Guillain Barré syndrome, critical illness neuropathy and polymyositis.

Our large multidisciplinary team includes neuro-rehabilitation doctors, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists. They work together to help patients make the transition from hospital to home.


Orpington Hospital

Tel: 01689 866380

For GPs and referrers

We provide inpatient rehabilitation for patients who are 16 or over with complex neurological disability (a physical disability, often with cognitive and/or communication problems) who require more than one intensive therapy discipline (OT, PT, SLT) and/or psychology. These patients’ needs are such that they require an inpatient stay in a specialised unit to optimise their recovery.

We mostly work with patients from Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich Bromley and Bexley. In addition, we take patients from other parts of London, usually where there are no specialist rehab services available. We accept referrals from GPs and other hospitals.