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Stroke care at home for 40%.

THE chief executive of a Teesside hospital trust says 40% of stroke patients will benefit from care at home, thanks to a new service.

Rehabilitation at home, rather than in hospital, is the focus of the new early support discharge (ESD) stroke service.

Four in 10 are set to benefit from the service, after stroke rehabilitation was highlighted as a priority of South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group's IMPROVE programme (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly).

From April 1, stroke services and rehabilitation teams were centralised at Redcar Primary Care Hospital, run by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The move created a centre of excellence for stroke rehabilitation with dedicated beds, specialist staff, "excellent facilities and the added support of the ESD team," as Professor Tricia Hart, South Tees' chief executive, explained.

She told the trust's board of directors: "Staff from occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and dietetics visit each patient in their own home, where they will receive the same intensity of therapy that they would have been given in hospital. The service is also supported by re-ablement teams from the Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland local authorities, psychology, community nursing services and the Stroke Association."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 9, 2015
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