Brain injury charity Headway welcomed Ruth Maguire MSP during an exhibition in the Scottish Parliament on 4th December to discuss the need for local support for those affected by the devastating consequences of brain injury.

Ruth Maguire, MSP for Cunninghame South, said: “I was delighted to meet with representatives from Headway and learn more about how the local community can better support survivors and their loved ones.

“There are challenges of living with an acquired brain injury, and the effects of brain injury may fluctuate and are often hidden.”

Headway’s Public Affairs Manager, Dr Clare Mills, said: “We are very grateful to Ruth Maguire for coming to talk to us in Parliament and for showing their support.

“Whether as a result of trauma, stroke, brain tumour, illness or infection, a brain injury has a profound impact not only on the survivor, but on their family, friends, colleagues and the wider community too.”

In the Ayrshire and Arran area alone, 1816* people were admitted to hospital with an ABI related diagnosis.

Thankfully, survivors and their loved ones are able to access local support at Headway Ayrshire.

Residents can also call Headway’s freephone, nurse-led helpline – call 0808 800 2244 or email helpline@headway.org.uk or visit the award winning website, www.headway.org.uk for more information.

* 1816 total admissions in 2016-17 as most recent year with available data.