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Charitable Support for the Wessex Neurological Centre
Enhancing the range and quality of patient care and sponsoring pioneering research



It's cold in February, but that's what woolly hats are for. FebBRAINairy is your chance to show your support for those who have their heads shaved for brain surgery, by having yours shaved to raise funds for Smile4Wessex. In...

2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas...

2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards Sold Out
Sorry if you missed them, but our 2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards have sold out. Thank you to all who purchased packs and we hope you have an enjoyable festive season and a very happy and healthy New Year.

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers raise over £11,000
A total of 11 brave souls volunteered to have their heads shaved for our inaugural 'febBRAINairy' fundraising event, collectively raising a quite incredible £11,182 for Smile4Wessex. Throughout February (and into March),...

Linda’s Life Turns Full...

Linda’s Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...

'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  

You Smile, We Smile,...

You Smile, We Smile, They Smile - Promo Video Launched
We're delighted to reveal the new promotional video about Smile4Wessex - You Smile, We Smile, They Smile.  You may find it moving, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, or a combination of all those things, but we hope...

About the Wessex

It is a popular misconception that most General Hospitals are equipped to deal with the needs of every patient, but the central nervous system is highly complex and so are the diseases that affect it. As a result, the range of specialist skills and equipment needed to investigate and treat such conditions are concentrated at 34 neurosciences centres around the UK. The Wessex Neurological Centre is one of that network, providing a dedicated, integrated, 24-hour acute neurosurgical and neurological assessment, investigation and treatment service.

It sits within a large teaching Foundation Hospital Trust with clear priorities for maintaining high standards of care and developing specialist services for the community. Serving a population of over 3 million people spread across southern England and the Channel Islands, each year the Wessex Neurological Centre treats approximately 4,000 inpatients and over 13,000 outpatients.

Of course, facing up to any form of illness or injury can be daunting, perhaps even more so when the condition affects the brain, but specialist support is available to both patients and their families. For example, a team of specialist nurses, each with a wealth of experience and knowledge in a particular area, is on hand to provide support and to answer your questions. And patients can take confidence from the fact that the Centre’s highly regarded neurosurgeons and other specialists have access to some of most advanced technology, thanks in part to projects funded by Smile4Wessex.

If you’re a patient, relative or friend, a wealth of useful information about the Wessex Neurological Centre, and the services/facilities it provides, can be found on the University Southampton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust web site by clicking on the following link. Alternatively, get in touch with us at the Smile4Wessex Appeal Office and we’ll do our best to point you in the direction of someone who can help.

Southampton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust