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About this location
Walmersley House
Walmersley Road
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Telephone 01706 829 540
Fax 01706 829 534
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Located in spacious grounds just outside Bury, Lancashire, Priory Highbank Centre offers excellent care and support allowing the greatest opportunity for patients to regain their maximum capabilities.

Two main services are split across four wards which comprises of:

Brain Injury Services

  • Walmersley Unit – 19-bedded neurorehabilitation service for patients aged 16 years and over
  • Lynne House – 5-bedded children's unit for those aged 0 -17 years
  • Elton Unit – 28-bedded adult continuing care unit for patients aged 18 years and over

Highbank Centre's neurorehabilitation service specialises in the rehabilitation of acquired brain injury (ABI) and progressive neurological conditions (PNCs).

Focus on Safety

Our absolute priority is to make sure we operate safe and effective services 24/7 and that all staff understand what is required of them to make that happen. Click here to read more.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports

The Elton Unit - Priory Highbank

Robinson House - Priory Highbank

Rehabilitation and Recovery Services

  • Robinson House –10-bedded cognitive care services for adult males

Why choose Priory Highbank Centre?

The hospital offers a range of facilities, services and expertise encompassing:

  • High competency in the management of prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC), including sensory and modality rehabilitation technique (SMART®)
  • Highly skilled staff in the assessment and the management of tracheotomies and ventilators
  • Provision for the management of male patients with an organic illness alongside their mental health condition

The team

Our dedicated interdisciplinary teams use their knowledge and expertise in order to work with the individual to address the consequences of their disability, maximise independence and increase the quality of their life.

Priory boasts a diverse team of practitioners. Committed to providing the best treatment to each and every one of our patients, they pride themselves on placing patients at the heart of the treatment journey. This approach ensures that patients are allocated to the best expert for their needs and benefit from a truly bespoke treatment programme.

Integrated care pathway (ICP)

Our holistic approach to treatment has led to the development of an innovative, integrated care pathway (ICP). This has been developed in line with the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine and Royal College of Physicians’ ‘Rehabilitation following Acquired Brain Injury’ guidelines (2003).

The ICP has improved the quality of rehabilitation, by seamlessly co-ordinating the services that the individual receives, which in turn enables the individual to increase their involvement in their own goal setting.

Our ICP comprises:

Intensive rehabilitation suitable for:

  • Patients who have significant cognitive deficits
  • Patients with significant problems with self-care including activities of daily living
  • Patients with mobility problems and impaired functional skills 
  • Some patients may also exhibit behaviours that challenge as a result of their ABI
  • Rehabilitation involves intensive interdisciplinary treatment
  • Treatment aims to improve the person's functioning and/or reduce their level of dependence on others so that they may move to a less dependent environment

Slow-stream rehabilitation suitable for:

  • Rehabilitation of minimally conscious/low awareness patients
  • Assessment of prolonged disorders of consciousness via SMART assessment
  • Patients who require a high level of nursing and/or medical input
  • Patients who require long-term treatment and/or may require treatment for the rest of their life in an inpatient facility

Complex disability management suitable for:

  • Tracheostomy patients, both un-cuffed and cuffed, weaning and de-cannulation
  • Ventilated patients and complex chest and respiratory management
  • PEG and PEJ fed patients/dysphagic patients
  • Patients who are medically stable but require high level specialist medical or nursing input and/or are maximally dependent
  • Management of suprapubic catheters
  • Individuals with complex postural management needs, including specialist treatment for contractures, including use of botulinum toxin, serial casting and thermoplastic splinting

Neuropalliative patients suitable for:

  • Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), motor neurone disease (MND), and Huntington's disease
  • Provision of services to address the increased social and emotional difficulties experienced by the individual, including psychological therapy and family counselling service
  • Focus upon maximising the individual’s quality of life
  • End of life care

All of the above care pathways can accommodate patients who are subject to the Mental Capacity Act, under a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding order, and Court Ordered Safeguarding placements.

Outpatient services

We provide slow stream rehabilitation and interdisciplinary outpatient services, involving intensive multidisciplinary treatment programmes.  

Outcomes and professional memberships

Priory Highbank Centre has become a specialist centre in the provision of the SMART assessment.

SMART uses an extensive range of assessments, which are built on evidence-based practice, to assess and treat individuals who are in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. The outcomes ensure that all of the sensory modalities are assessed and enable our rehabilitation teams to devise individual sensory regulation programmes which will optimise the individual’s recovery.

Priory Highbank Centre is a member of the INPA:

Referrals and admission

Referrals can be made by any health or social services professional. Funding may be provided by the commissioning support unit (CSU) and clinical commissioning groups, social services, solicitors and the individual.

For enquiries regarding referrals and admissions, for more information about our services or to arrange a visit to the unit, please contact: 01706 829 540 or email us:

Neurorehabilitation – Walmersley Unit
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Children's unit – Lynne House
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Adult continuing care – Elton Unit
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Mental health rehabilitation – Robinson House
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Enquiries and Referrals

For further information on Priory services offered to the NHS, or to make a referral, please call our dedicated 24/7 customer service centre on 0800 090 1356. Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry form

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