Praise for treatment of stroke victims

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HEALTH services have been praised for the way patients are treated after suffering a stroke.

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), which is 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 rate of people suffering 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 NHS Noth East.

Peter Mercer, of NHS North-East and network director of the north of England cardiovascular network, said: "Providing the right care and support in the community and making sure patients and their carers have access to the best possible information, advice and services such as physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and psychological help, is vitally important in helping people recover well after a stroke."

"A great deal of work has taken place over the past two years to improve care for stroke patients across the region and ensure a more streamlined pathway of care for patients with the right support in the community once they leave hospital.

"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."