Welcome to Bray – Marbrook’s Nursing and Pre-Discharge service.

The care here is superb, the staff are fantastic and cannot thank them enough for the care and consideration they have given my father and family. Thank you.

Ann G – Daughter via independent review

Bray is a special place; a nursing service with a holistic approach to the care it delivers. Our experienced nursing led care team have the skills and experience to support you with the right care you need, 24 hours a day.

Bray’s light, bright lounges are the perfect place to spend quality time with friends and family, or join in with daily social and leisure activities. Bray offers four types of care and support services:

Pre Discharge

Getting home after a period of active rehabilitation or having spent some time in hospital can take longer than you may wish; delays in home adaptions, recruiting the right home care team or finding a longer term care home close to friends and family all takes much longer than you first envisage. So while you are waiting, why not spend this time with us?

Bray is your safe haven, supporting all your care needs, so important decisions and plans for your future do not need to be made in haste.

24/7 Nursing Care

For those living with complex medical conditions or in need of palliative care, our experienced nurse led team work very closely with our enhanced GP service (and if appropriate our Clinical Psychologist), to provide you with the best quality of life and dignity.

Bray has a warm homely ‘non clinical’ environment with a very relaxed policy to visiting hours for all your family, including your pets!


As a neurological centre our respite service is designed to support those living with Longer Term Neurological conditions such as Huntingdon’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis etc.

In many ways we are the perfect ‘holiday hotel’; with our large modern ensuite bedrooms, excellent Wi-Fi in every room and a bistro café (with its homemade cake in the afternoons). To this we add our nurse led care team, who understand the long term condition you live with and have the training to prevent any unnecessary complications. This means you and your family have the confidence to actually relax during your short stay with us.


Enhanced Support Service

Set within Bray, this is a niche service that we have developed to support those that may challenge a more conventional hospital / nursing home environment, due to the need for enhanced staffing support. Our Enhanced Service has only four ensuite bedrooms, but still benefits from its own dedicated lounge diner.

This service enables us to support those requiring higher staffing levels, but without the restrictions and extra costs a traditional one to one brings. The staffing levels here never drop below one staff member to two residents.

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We help to rehabilitate a wide range of conditions including:

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is a brain damaged by events after birth, rather than as part of a genetic or congenital disorder. Living with an ABI can result in cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioural impairments. It is estimated that at least a million people in the UK live with the effects of an ABI.

At Marbrook, our aim is to ensure people get the rehabilitation they need to lead the life they choose. We have a team of professional, caring and focused staff ready to support you to engage in your personal rehabilitation programme. Having a gym with the necessary equipment on site and our own physiotherapists, OTs, psychologists and rehab coaches means that rehabilitation is ongoing throughout the day, giving you the best opportunity to reach your goals.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Please see Motor Neurone Disease for more information.

Brain Tumor

In the UK just over 9,000 people a year are diagnosed with a primary brain or central nervous system tumour. Not all tumours are malignant (cancerous) as they can be benign (non cancerous). Brain tumours are graded from 1 to 4 depending on their behaviour.

Benign brain tumours are graded low (1 or 2), meaning they are slow growing and less likely to return after treatment.
Malignant brain tumours are graded high (3 or 4) and can either be primary tumours (starting in the brain) or secondary tumours, having spread to the brain from elsewhere.
Compassion and support on an individual basis means we can be sure you get the right care at the right time from a team of passionate and professional staff. We include families and friends wherever possible to ensure your links with life outside of Marbrook are maintained. Well furnished ensuite bedrooms provide privacy, while facilities such as the cinema, gym and gardens are available too.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is a general term for a number of neurological conditions that appear early in childhood and affect movement and co-ordination. Symptoms can affect different people in different ways, including the area of the body affected and its severity. Symptoms include muscle stiffness or floppiness and muscle weakness, random, uncontrolled movements, affecting balance and co-ordination. Many individuals living with Cerebral Palsy also have a number of associated health problems including fits and seizures and swallowing problems. Some people with Cerebral Palsy may have communication and learning difficulties, although intellect is often unaffected.

The therapeutic rehabilitation facilities we have at Marbrook are modern and designed to promote independence and personal goal setting. Our gym, cinema, single ensuite bedrooms, domestic style kitchens with adjustable height worktops and beauty salon support choice, wellbeing and independence. The skilled, compassionate and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary staff work with you to set your personal goals and to support and encourage you to reach them.

Creutzfeld-Jakob Disease (CJD)

CJD is a rare but sadly fatal condition that affects the brain with most people dying within a year of the symptoms starting. These symptoms include; a loss of memory and intellect, change of personality, slurred speech and loss of co-ordination and balance. There are four main types of CJD:

Sporadic CJD – although the most common form of CJD, the precise cause is still unknown. Most cases occur in older adults, with the average symptoms developing around 60-65 years of age. Sporadic CJD is still very rare in the UK, affecting only 1 or 2 in every million people in the UK.
Variant CJD – likely caused by consuming meat infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE – widely known as ‘mad cow disease’), although since the discovery of the link in 1996, strict rules now prevent such meat entering the food chain. Although the incubation period can be very long (over 10 years), there have only been 177 recorded case in the UK to date.
Familial or Inherited CJD – is a very rare genetic condition with the symptoms first developing in people in their 50s. It affects around 1 in every 9 million people in the UK.
Latrogenic CJD – is where the infection is accidently spread from someone living with CJD, via a medical or surgical procedure. However, due to increased awareness of these risks, Latrogenic CJD is now thankfully very rare.
There is no current cure for CJD.

If you have CJD we will support you to have the care that suits you best. We include your family and friends when possible, because they know you and, with your permission, can provide us with additional information about you, information that will help us to ensure you do things you enjoy. As well as having your bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, there are shared areas in Marbrook which offer quiet spaces or areas to be more active. The homely feel and accessible kitchens create a real sense of comfort and belonging.

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s was originally known as Huntington’s Chorea (from the Greek ‘chorea’ for dancing, because of the involuntary movements associated with the disease). Huntington’s is an inherited condition that progressively damages nerve cells in the brain, getting worse over time (normally over a 10–25 year time period). It can affect movement, cognition and behaviour. Features of Huntington’s include mood swings, personality changes, irritability and fidgety movements. A recent (2012) UK research program found 12 people per 100,000 in the population were affected by Huntington’s Disease.

We have staff with experience of working with people living with Huntington’s Disease, who understand the challenges and provide compassionate, person centred support. The facilities and staff at Marbrook make it possible to be as independent as possible, choosing what you want to do and having the support to do it.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) (also known as ALS – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a rare condition which progressively damages parts of the nervous system in the brain and spinal cord, stopping the motor neurones from working properly. Motor neurones control activities such as:

As the condition progresses, these activities become increasing difficult. In about 5% of cases there is some family history of MND, but currently it is not clear what causes the motor neurones from working.

The difficulties presented to someone living with MND are considerable. Due to the progressive nature of the disease, the individual will require increased levels of support, aids and personal care. The individual and their family benefit from knowing that all aspects of individual care needs are provided by a compassionate, dedicated, professional multi-disciplinary team. The Marbrook Centre has this. In addition we have a well designed and well equipped gym, individual ensuite bedrooms, outside space, large well furnished lounges, domestic style accessible kitchens, cinema, coffee lounge, and wifi coverage throughout the building. This means that use of technology and communicating via technology is made easier.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

In Multiple Sclerosis the protein myelin, which protects each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord, helping the electrical messages travel from the brain to the rest of the body, becomes damaged. These disrupted messages can cause a wide range of symptoms such as visual impairment (usually only in one eye), muscle stiffness and uncontrolled movement, ataxia (difficulties with co-ordination and balance) and fatigue. There are three types of MS;

Relapsing MS – where the MS symptoms ‘flare-up’ and can last for a few days to a few months, followed periods of remission, with no or very mild symptoms, for days, weeks or months.
Secondary Progressive MS – after around a 15 year gap, around 50% of individuals develop secondary MS, where symptoms can worsen over time.
Primary Progressive MS – is the least common form, where the symptoms get gradually worse over time, with no periods of remission.
MS is an autoimmune condition, where the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, for reasons which are still unclear. In the UK around 100,000 people live with MS, with a ratio of 3 to 1 more common in women.

Multiple Sclerosis affects individuals and families differently. By nature of Relapse Remission type, there is uncertainty as to how the condition may progress. What is important is that people are supported in the right way at the right time, and that rehabilitation therapy is available as needed. At Marbrook we have the facilities to provide this. Our enthusiastic rehabilitation team will support you and your family to manage your situation in a way that works for you.

Spinal Cord Injury

A Spinal Cord Injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord, blocking the communication between the brain and the body. This damage can be caused by;

Traumatic injury – such as motor vehicle or sporting accident.
Non- traumatic – such as an illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis.
Injuries are described as ‘complete’ or ‘incomplete’, based on whether any movement or sensation occurs below the injury and in general, the higher on the spinal cord the injury occurs, the more dysfunction a person will live with. For descriptive purposes, the spine is coded down its length from C1 – the highest and most severe of injuries to S5, the base of the spine, where most people will be able to walk. It is estimated around 40,000 people in the UK live with a Spinal Cord Injury.

Our environment is specifically designed to ensure that getting around the Marbrook Centre is possible for everyone. We want everyone to be involved in the centre and doing as much for themselves as they can with our support. Our focus on rehabilitation aims to support you to become as independent as possible so that you can lead the life you choose.


A Stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off. Like all our organs the brain needs oxygen and nutrients to function properly, so if stopped or restricted, our brain cells will die. There are two main causes of strokes;

Ischaemic – blood supply is stopped by a blood clot (85% of all strokes)
Haemorrhagic – where a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain, bursts.
In the UK, each year 110,000 individuals will have a Stroke and it is now the third largest cause of death. See link to an NHS animation explaining what happens in a Stroke.

Stroke often occurs suddenly and changes lives without warning. With the right rehabilitation considerable progress can be made. At Marbrook we have that. Our multi-disciplinary team on site will assess your needs, design a rehabilitation plan and measure your progress with you. We will find out what you want to achieve and what you enjoy doing, involving your family and friends wherever possible .The facilities we have in Marbrook include a well-equipped gym, rehabilitation kitchens, coffee lounge and cinema. We believe is it equally important to go out and do every day things like you used to. Staff at Marbrook care about your feelings and will help you be the person you are.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a head injury causing trauma to the brain caused by an accident, assault or fall, at work, home or while playing sport. Although, 50% of all TBIs are caused by Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs). The effect of this injury depends on a number of factors such as; the type, location and severity of the accident. A TBI can be viewed as a chain of events:

First Injury – the initial seconds after the accident.
Second Injury – the damage caused by the brain being starved of oxygen, in the minutes or hours after the accident (depending on the timescale of medical help).
Third Injury – in the days or weeks that fallows from the resulting bleeding, bruising or swelling of the brain.
Such symptoms as Coma, loss of power to the arms and legs and speech impairment are the most visible signs of a TBI, however a traumatic brain injury can result in personality changes, changes to memory function or behavioural problems, such as loss of self restraint or insight.

At Marbrook, our aim is to ensure people get the rehabilitation they need to lead the life they choose. We have a team of professional, caring and focused staff ready to support you to engage in your personal rehabilitation programme. Having a gym with the necessary equipment on site and our own physiotherapists, OTs, psychologists and rehab coaches means that rehabilitation is ongoing throughout the day, giving you the best opportunity to reach your goals.