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Brain injury (cerebral hypoxia)

A reduction in the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain

About

The brain requires a constant supply of oxygen to survive. Cerebral hypoxia is a reduction in the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain. Cerebral anoxia is when there is no oxygen supplied to the brain. In the latter, damage can be irreversible. The most common brain injuries are from falls, assaults or road traffic accidents.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of brain injury (cerebral hypoxia) icon plus

    • unconsciousness (either brief or for a long period of time)
    • fits or seizures
    • problems with the senses (such as hearing loss or double vision)
    • repeated vomiting
    • blood or clear fluid coming from your ears or nose
    • memory loss
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    With any head injury speak with your consultant as soon as possible, in case there may have been some damage to the brain. With minor head injuries most people will be told to rest at home. It's important for someone to stay with the patient for the first 24 hours in case any new symptoms develop. It's also important to rest, avoid aggravating the injury with stressful situations, and avoid contact sports until fully recovered.
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    Our rehabilitation programmes put the patient and their families at the very centre of care, treatment and discharge planning. We take into account any cultural and spiritual beliefs, and values and lifestyle, before creating a rehabilitation programme from which goals are made. We offer: 

    • an interdisciplinary team working on patient-centred care
    • patient-led goals setting
    • key worker as a single point of contact
    • case conferences between you, your family and hospital staff
    • education planning relating to the patient's health and plans for the future
    • discharge planning and ongoing support
    • brain surgery (neurosurgery)
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Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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