Neurological disorders are the commonest cause of disability in the UK.
An estimated 3 million people in Britain are suffering from brain related disorders.
"Without the staff at BASIC to talk me through the things that were happening in my head, I would probably have committed suicide at that time."
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Approximately 1 million people are treated in hospital for head injuries each year. It is the most common cause of death in teenagers. Approximately 8,500 people in the UK suffer a brain haemorrhage each year. More than half of these people are of working age and sometimes young children are affected by this life threatening condition which hits out of the blue.
Strokes affect one in every 250 people and is the third highest killer in the UK. There are 5,000 new cases of primary brain tumours and 7,000 secondary cases each year in the UK. Unfortunately brain tumours know no age barriers, they account for 25% of all childhood cancer deaths.
These, along with other neurological conditions affecting the brain, mean that an estimated 3 million people in Britain are suffering from brain related disorders. New technology and research are revolutionising the Neurosciences and many more patients are now surviving what would once have been fatal conditions. These people often need rehabilitation, sometimes over many years. Even minor brain injuries can result in difficulties which persist for many months or years.