Stroke victims 'abandoned'15th November 2006
Hospitals are failing to provide stroke survivors with vital information, according to a new study.
A total of 87,000 people in England and Wales suffer a first stroke each year, while a further 53,700 have a recurrent stroke. Around a third make a full recovery, a third are left disabled and a third will die.
Now the Stroke Association said many survivors are being abandoned after their discharge from hospital and are not getting the information that could help to prevent a further attack.
Almost half were not given dietary advice and a third not given exercise tips, despite evidence that moderate physical activity can reduce the risk of a stroke by up to 27%, while eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can cut the risk by 25%.
Patients were also missing out on rehabilitation services and benefits due to lack of information, while some patients were not given advice on medication, with around a quarter leaving hospital unsure of what their medicine is for.
The charity analysed data from a Healthcare Commission survey of 800 stroke survivors and carried out its own research involving telephone interviews and focus groups.
The government said care had been improving and was set to introduce a new strategy that would include hospital services and patient information.
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