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Better stroke care needed

6th April 2006

20032006_FriendsWheelchair1.jpgThe Healthcare Commission is calling for improvements in the long-term care of stroke patients. 

A survey of 850 patients found more were receiving specialist stroke care in hospital, and many were pleased with the results. However satisfaction levels with rehabilitation outside hospital dipped sharply in the year after discharge.

Government guidelines, outlined in the National Service Framework for Older People, state that after a stroke, rehabilitation should continue until it is clear that maximum recovery has been achieved. The government said it was working towards improving co-ordination between health and social care services.

Stroke patients were generally happy with the care they received from their GP after a stroke.  Two thirds said their GP was adequately informed about how to treat stroke, and nearly all had their BP checked and medicines reviewed by their GP.



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