Brain injury centre to close amid NHS 'pressures and changes'

Princess Anne opening the unit in Swindon in 2013. Credit: ITV News

A centre for people with brain injuries and mental health needs in Swindon is to close due to "pressures and changes within the NHS".

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust said it had made the "difficult decision" to shut Chalkdown House after "significant financial losses" caused by falling admissions and difficulties in recruiting staff.

39 people are at risk of redundancy.

Five people are currently being treated at the centre and will be moved to be treated elsewhere.

This is a sensitive time for everyone involved - for the people at the centre, their families and for the affected staff but we genuinely feel that this is the right decision.

The Trust will provide all the advice and support we can over the coming months.

– Penny Blackmore, interim Director of BIRT