|DMRC Headley Court|
Headley Court crest
|Active||1940s – present|
|Country||England, United Kingdom|
|Branch||Defence Medical Services|
|Type||Medical, Training, Headquarters|
|Role||Defence Services Medical Rehabilitation Centre|
|Part of||Ministry of Defence|
|Near||Headley, Leatherhead, Surrey|
Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court (abbreviated to DMRC Headley Court, and more commonly known as Headley Court), formerly RAF Headley Court, is an 85-acre (34.4 ha) United Kingdom Ministry of Defence facility in Headley, near Leatherhead, Surrey, England.
History and overview
Headley Court was an Elizabethan farm house bought by the Cunliffe family, from Tyrrell's Wood, they later sold this Farm House and built an imposing mansion by Lord Cunliffe, who was Chairman of the Bank of England. During World War II, it was used as the Headquarters for the Canadian Forces in Europe, and since the war, it has been used as a Royal Air Force and Joint Services medical rehabilitation centre. During the War, nearby Headley Heath was used as a training ground for engineers building airstrips and trench systems, then demolishing them again.
Purchased after World War Two, with money from the Royal Air Force Pilots and Crews Fund, a public collection as a tribute to the deeds of the RAF, Headley Court is now the Defence Services Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), which aims to return all those service personnel injured or seriously ill to full fitness.
In November 2005, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited the centre. They met Major David Bradley of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, who had been given just a five per cent chance of survival, after coming under fire from a Rocket Propelled Grenade launcher (RPG) in Basra, southern Iraq in 2004. Other notable patients in 2006/2007 include Sgt Mark Sutcliffe, The Royal Anglian Regiment, Sgt Stuart Pearson, 3 PARA and many others.
There is a rehabilitation staff of around 200 from all three services Medical and Nursing branches, including Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service, providing specialist medical officers, nurses, remedial instructors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, a cognitive therapist, social workers, engineers, and administration support staff. Not only does the centre deal with patients with new physical disabilities, but it also deals with patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
If accommodated on the 28 bed Peter Long Ward, there are single showers, and nursing staff on call 24 hours a day. There is internet access on the ward, as well as, a kitchen area with washing and drying facilities for clothing. A new ward opened in September 2010, which has provided another 30 beds.
Headley Court wasl in need of further facilities, particularly a full size swimming pool, as patients had to share public facilities in Leatherhead, which led to unpleasant confrontation. The charity Help for Heroes was set up in late 2007, with a first objective of raising money to build these facilities. A new gym, swimming pool and lower limbs treatment area have now been opened.
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- Help for Heroes - Headley Court Gallery
- "Headley Court: Inside Britain's military rehabilitation centre". The Guardian. 5 November 2010.