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Stroke survivors missing out on physiotherapy and speech therapy on the NHS

Published on 01/05/2012

Stroke survivors are missing out on recovery services like physiotherapy and speech therapy on the NHS once they leave hospital, according to a large survey.

The government’s National Stroke Strategy states that people should receive an assessment six weeks after hospital, again at six months and then annually.

Without assessments, stroke survivors will miss out on recovery services like physiotherapy and speech therapy once they leave hospital.

The Stroke Association surveyed more than 2,200 stroke survivors and found that 38% had not been assessed on their health and care needs to help their recovery.

More than half (53%) of people who had suffered a stroke in the last three years had been assessed only once.

And 18% said services had been withdrawn even though their needs had stayed the same or had increased.

Jon Barrick, chief executive at the Stroke Association, said: "More people than ever are surviving a stroke and that's a welcome improvement.

"But many stroke survivors tell us that after all the effort to save their lives they then feel abandoned when they return home.”

The Stroke Association is now calling for the NHS to ensure all stroke survivors have their health and social care needs assessed and regularly reviewed.

If you want to receive physiotherapy on your health insurance, then look for a private medical insurance policy with full outpatient cover.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2012


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