Stroke victims’ care in 1066 Country is praised

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A REPORT which slammed the postcode lottery of care for stroke victims has praised services here in 1066 Country as better than average.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) looked into how patients who have suffered strokes are cared for after they leave hospital and rated all 151 Primary Care Trusts in the Uk, and NHS Hastings and Rother came out with a positive report.

The trust scored particularly well in helping patients avoiding having another stroke - arguably the most important factor in the survey - and also performed well in helping people choose the services they want, and providing compassionate end of life care.

But the report did raise concerns about how the trust handles patient transfers home after a stay in hospital.

A spokesman for NHS Hastings and Rother welcomed the report. He said: “We are committed to further improving services for people affected by stroke and will continue working with patients, their families, local GPs, hospital staff and others to ensure that these services go on developing.

“Recently, for example, we have set up a specialist stroke rehabilitation centre for the county which provides intensive therapy and rehabilitation, helping people to recover more quickly and return home at the earliest safe opportunity.

“We are also working closely with the Stroke Association to provide support to people who have suffered a stroke, as well as their families, to further aid their recovery and help them lead as active a life as possible.”

Doctors in 1066 Country checked 3, 451 patients for early warning signs between April and December, he added.

Nationally there was concern over the effectiveness of information packs given out to stroke victims’ families and despite most trusts operating a helpline, only one in four is available outside office hours, not including Hastings.

Cynthia Bower, chief executive of the CQC, said “Stroke is the single largest cause of disability in adults and our evidence shows that early access to intense rehabilitation is beneficial to people’s recovery.

“Services have made improvements over recent years in the care provided in the hours and days that follow their stroke. It is vital that this momentum is maintained and that improvements are made in the care and support provided in the longer term.”