Praise for region’s stroke after-care

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THE north east has been highlighted as one of the best performing regions in England for supporting patients, and their carers, to cope with life after a stroke

A major review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England, found the region was particularly good at building services around individual patients, their family and carers.

The north east has the highest number of strokes per 100,000 population. Improving care for these patients and supporting them when they leave hospital by providing community-based support is a key priority for the region’s NHS.

Peter Mercer, of NHS North East and Director of the North of England Cardiovascular Network, said: “By introducing specialist community-based stroke teams across the region we are now able to rehabilitate people in the comfort of their own homes as they recover from, and cope with, life after a stroke which has resulted in both improved outcomes and a much better experience for patients.”