A stroke can be a serious and life-threatening condition, requiring urgent medical treatment. In Devon, stroke services are under enormous pressure. NHS managers are reviewing the current service and are calling for help in shaping new proposals.

Stroke Services Patient

Everyone experiences stroke differently.  The Stroke Associations says “For some people, the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people.

But all stroke patients have one thing in common.  The quicker they receive treatment, the better their chances for a good recovery. Anyone who experiences a stroke can expect to receive hospital treatment and a period of recovery.

Why are stroke services being reviewed?

As part of a Devon-wide plan to change Devon’s health and care system, stroke services have been identified as facing significant pressure.

Challenges facing Stroke Services

Challenges facing Stroke Services in Devon

NHS managers need to address these challenges and provide a safe, quality service that is fit for the future.  They are doing this as part of what is known as the ‘Acute Services Review’.

What will happen during the review?

At this stage, there are no firm proposals for service change.  But NHS managers are looking at options for change, and want to hear from patients and the public.

There are twelve “discussion events” being held in different parts of Devon throughout March.  Public feedback will be used to help NHS managers firm up their proposals for how services might change.

Miles Sibley, Executive Director of Healthwatch Devon says “Anyone who has recent experience of stroke services will know what works – and what doesn’t – from the patient’s point of view.  NHS managers need to hear those views, to help them make better decisions about the future of stroke services in Devon.  Family members and carers can also provide useful feedback.”

Demand for the events is likely to be high, so the organisers are asking people to register to be sure of getting in.  Further details of dates and places are here.  To register to guarantee your place, call 01392 267 642 or e-mail: d-ccg.CorporateServices@nhs.net.

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