Pulling together to fight stroke

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The highly successful Stroke Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Team in Greenwich support people who have suffered a stroke, reducing their need for hospital stays by providing intensive rehabilitation at home and encouraging people to regain their independence and a healthy return to life.

May is the Stroke Association’s Action on Stroke Month, where survivors, carers, professionals and family members come together to take action on stroke. The month-long campaign aims to raise awareness of strokes through a wealth of events and activities nationwide.

In the UK every three and a half minutes someone has a Stroke. One in five women will have a stroke by the age of 75, for men the figure is one in six. That’s why the work we are doing in Greenwich and Bexley is so important.

Our ESD service has specialist physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and clinical psychology staff. We work closely with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Greenwich Reablement Team, Social Services and the Stroke Association.

Our local service is for people who have:

  • recently suffered a stroke and are an inpatient in a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit or a Stroke Unit
  • are aged 16 or over
  • are able to agree and commit to realistic goals
  • and can safely be discharged home following a stroke

We provide patients with an intensive two week rehabilitation plan, with the aim of providing at least 45 minutes of therapy per day. At the end of two weeks, if the person feels they still need more support, they can progress their rehabilitation with our Neurological Rehabilitation Team.

In Bexley our Neuro Rehabilitation Team helps people who have suffered a stroke maximise independence in their daily life so that they can do the things they want to do. Staff work with patients at home, in a day centre, at work, as an outpatient or as an inpatient at Queen Mary’s Hospital. We also work with a patient’s family, friends and carers.

All referrals to our team are made by hospital staff at London Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASUs) or Stroke Units (SUs).

Published on 23rd May 2014