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Recovery

When you're discharged from hospital, you'll be given information and advice to help your recovery at home.

Your recovery programme will depend on the exact nature of your injury and your individual needs and general health.

Advice for adults

If you're recovering from a severe head injury, you may be advised to:

When to seek medical attention

You should seek immediate medical attention if you develop any further symptoms of a severe head injury while recovering at home.

Advice for children

If your child is recovering from a severe head injury, you may be advised to:

Seek immediate medical attention if your child develops any further symptoms of a severe head injury while recovering at home.

Follow-up appointments and rehabilitation

You may be advised to see your GP the week after you're discharged from hospital so they can check how you're coping.

You may also have a number of follow-up appointments at a head injury clinic.

These will usually be with a specialist, such as a neurologist (an expert in the brain and nervous system).

Depending on how your head injury has affected you, you may need various types of treatment to help with your recovery.

These include:

Getting support

Headway, the brain injury association, is a charity that provides help and support to people affected by head injuries.

For more information about all aspects of head injuries, you can call the Headway helpline on 0808 800 2244.

You can also email the helpline at helpline@headway.org.uk.

Helpline staff can:

You can also search for local Headway services.

They offer a wide range of services, including rehabilitation programmes, carer support, social reintegration, community outreach and respite care (short-term support for someone who needs care – for example, to give the usual carer a break).

Headway staff can't give medical advice. For this, see your GP or call NHS 111.

Driving after a head injury

A serious head injury may affect your ability to drive. You're legally required to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and your insurance company.

You won't be able to drive until you receive DVLA approval and your doctor has confirmed you have made a full recovery.

Find out more about driving with a health condition on GOV.UK.

You can also read the RiDC guide to motoring after a brain injury.