Stroke rehabilitation services have been brought together under one roof to create a centre of excellence at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.
The new specialist stroke unit brings together community inpatient stroke beds with specially trained nurses and rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.
Stroke patients of all ages can benefit from the excellent range of facilities at Redcar Primary Care Hospital and patients can now get home from hospital faster thanks to the launch of the stroke early supported discharge (ESD) team.
Up to 40% of patients are expected to benefit from the ESD service which gives patients the option of receiving stroke specialist rehabilitation in the comfort of their own home.
Stroke patients who would previously have been sent to Carter Bequest and Guisborough Primary Care Hospitals are now being admitted to the specialist unit at Redcar.
Director of integrated therapies Barbara Stoker said: “We are delighted to welcome the first stroke patients to the new unit at Redcar Primary Care Hospital. The move enables nursing staff and therapists to work closely together and gives patients access to a wide range of experts on one site.”
Stroke rehabilitation has been highlighted as a priority area for South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group which is working hard to improve health services for the elderly and vulnerable through its IMProVE programme (Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly).
South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical lead for the IMProVE programme, Dr Ali Tahmassebi said: “It is really heartening to see our plans to improve services for our stroke patients come to fruition. We now have an excellent special unit to care for our patients who have had a stroke and need to be looked after in a hospital.
“This facility, along with the introduction of the new Early Supported Discharge team delivering care at home, will ensure that patients living in South Tees receive expert timely support and rehabilitation in the right place.”
In 2013, 426 people from the South Tees area were treated for stroke at The James Cook University Hospital and the number of people experiencing a stroke in the locality is projected to grow by around 12% by 2020.