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  • Headway
  • c/o RABIU
  • Musgrave Park Hospital
  • Stockman's Lane
  • Belfast
  • BT9 7JB
  • Tel: 01159 240800

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Email: ni.services@headway.org.uk

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About the condition

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an insult or injury to the brain. The most common forms of ABI are traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke. Other causes include brain tumour, meningitis, aneurysm, haemorrhage, encephalitis, anoxia, and other conditions.

> ABI admissions in the UK increased by 10% between 2005-6 and 2013-14

> There were approximately 956 ABI admissions per day to UK hospitals in 2013-14 – or one every 90 seconds.

> Men are 1.6 times more likely than women to be admitted for head injury. However, female head injury admissions have risen 24% since 2005-6

> Each year in the UK, around 150,000 people are admitted to accident and emergency with a head injury.

> It is estimated that approximately 2000 people a year in Northern Ireland sustain and are living with the long term effects of a traumatic brain injury. Many more are living with the long term effects.