Due to advances in science more people are surviving stroke and there are 1.3 million stroke survivors in the UK. We want to ensure that stroke survivors within County Durham have the best possible quality of life.
We know the importance of people receiving timely treatment during that initial period. Locally we have changed our services to ensure people get diagnosis and treatment as quickly as possible. Where appropriate patients receive thrombolysis (a clot-busting drug) during the first period of admission into hospital.
In addition, we need to ensure good access to therapy assessment and intervention as part of their care. We also need to build on the work we have done to ensure our community teams have the right skills and capacity to provide dedicated nursing and therapy care to those who have had a stroke.
The voluntary sector plays a vital role in rehabilitation, and we want to continue working with the Stroke Association to ensure that people in County Durham receive the support they need to improve their quality of life.
- Ensure there are joined up services for both primary and secondary stroke prevention.
- Ensure that the changes made in 2011 to centralise specialist hyperacute services at University Hospital North Durham (UHND) deliver the most appropriate and timely treatment at the time of emergency.
- Enhance the capacity and capability of therapy staff in hospital with improved access to assessment and treatment during a person’s hospital stay.
- Ensure that people don’t stay in hospital longer than they need to by providing intensive, timely treatment.
- Work with the person and their family/carer to ensure plans are made together and that two-way communication is effective.
- Enable people to move from hospital to home in a supported way, ensuring care is seamless and joined up.
- Deliver ongoing rehabilitation to improve the individual’s health and wellbeing.
- Work with our voluntary sector partners to provide support for people’s health and care needs.
- We reduce the number of people who have a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or mini stroke, who then go on to have a stroke.
- We diagnosis and treat people for stroke without delay.
- We provide access to a range of therapies in hospital with timely assessment and intervention and individual outcomes are met at that early stage.
- People feel supported to return home and continue their rehabilitation journey.
- People can access help relating to their day-to-day challenges as a result of having a stroke.
- Individuals and their families have had the opportunity to contribute to the way in which their care is given and feel listened to and communicated with throughout.
Find out more about this subject in the related Objectives, Goals, Initiatives and Metrics (OGIM) document on Durham County Council’s Committee Services website under the Heath and Wellbeing Board meeting agenda item for 24 November 2021.
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