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AXMINSTER: Help is ‘out there’ for stroke victims

Thursday, 06 March 2014


A stroke care focus group for the Axe Valley area met in Axminster to discuss the future shape of treatment and rehabilitation.
In a joint initiative between The Stroke Association and the NHS, members of the public were invited to join focus groups have their say on the future shape of stroke services.
The focus group for Axe Valley held an open meeting in Millwey Community Centre, Axminste.
When the focus groups were set up, Dr Joe Mays of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group explained: “We want to develop stroke services and would like to hear thoughts on how we could do this.”
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 & 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.
Stroke survivor Angela Cooper, from Seaton, attended the Axminster meeting.
She is also a volunteer for The Stroke Association and said: “The meeting is very helpful, but it all comes down to money.”
She did point out, though, that some sufferers don’t take advantage of the help that is available.
She explained: “Some people are far too shy and proud to ask for help - but there is help out there.”
Angela, who had her stroke just over two years ago, runs a support group in Seaton, funded by Seaton Voice.
Anyone interested in joining the group can call Angela on 01297 22239 for more information.
Those who were unable to attend the Axminster meeting but who are interested in completing The Stroke Association’s Have Your Say survey should contactAnn Fugler on 01392 447 361 between 9am and 1pm Monday-Thursday.
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