The Buddy System has been operating successfully for several years. Our coordinators visit every new in-patient in the Spinal Unit to explain what the Buddy System is all about. If the new patient is interested in this service, the coordinator sets out to find a Buddy for him or her. Through our network of Tetraplegics and Paraplegics we are able to provide a suitable buddy who will visit the new patient several times while he / she is in the Spinal Unit and, if possible, again after discharge. Spouses, parents, children and other family members can also ask for a buddy.