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HONITON: Meeting to discuss stroke services

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Stroke Association and health bosses have called a meeting in Honiton to discuss the future shape of services for residents of the town.
Dr Joe Mays of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group explained: “We want to develop stroke services for people in Honiton and would like to hear your thoughts on how we could do this.
“Your stroke services are currently provided by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (for the hospital part of stroke care) and Northern Devon NHS Healthcare Trust (for the rehabilitation part of stroke care).
“The local healthcare clinical commissioning group has been working closely with stroke specialists in both NHS providers, as well as with advisers from the Stroke Association, on proposals to improve the service for stroke patients and their carers.”
At the moment, patients with enough support, and who are well enough to continue their rehabilitation at home, will usually go home directly from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s (RD&E) stroke unit.
Dr Mays added: “This is an important part of the service and our emphasis on helping people to return directly home will continue.
“Some patients need more support and care for a longer period of time following their stroke. Currently, these patients move from RD&E to the stroke rehabilitation units at Exmouth and Crediton community hospitals, and they might need to stay in the rehabilitation unit for many weeks.
“Although the outcomes for patients and carers using the existing community stroke rehabilitation units are good and the experience is normally very positive, travelling to the units can be difficult for families, especially if they are using public transport.
“Added to this, we have learned that dispersing the nursing and clinical teams over two small units does not make the best use of highly specialist skills and resources to bring maximum benefit for patients.
“In view of this your local clinicians have been looking at the possibility of consolidating the rehabilitation units onto one site. For this reason we are keen to have your views through the ‘have your say’ survey. We have organised a series of focus groups with members of the public to discuss future plans for stroke services.”
The Honiton event will take place on Monday, January 20th from 11am–12:30pm at Honiton Fire Station, Duchy Road, Heathpark Industrial Estate.
Dr Mays concluded: “If you are interested in being part of these groups and being involved in the near future, please contact Ann Fugler, Stroke Association on 01392 447 361 between 9am and 1pm Monday-Thursday.
“If you would like to complete the ‘have your say’ survey, please contact Ann Fugler as above.”

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