A Leeds woman has been mentioned in a new report out today which claims stroke survivors are not making the best possible recovery because of a lack of post-hospital care.
More than a third of survivors surveyed had not been assessed on their health and care needs to help them with their recovery, a study by the Stroke Association found. More than half of people who had suffered a stroke in the last three years had been assessed only once.
Kate Allatt suffered a brainstem stoke in 2010, she was left with locked-in syndrome but has managed to beat the odds and fight through her condition. What is locked-in syndrome?
A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Around 150,000 people have a stroke in the UK every year and more than one million people in the UK are living with the effects of stroke.
Without assessments, patients are missing out on services that are essential to them making the fullest possible recovery, the charity said. These services include physiotherapy, speech therapy and help with washing and dressing.
The Government's National Stroke Strategy states people should receive an assessment six weeks after leaving hospital, again at six months and then annually.
The Stroke Association is calling for the NHS toensure all stroke survivors have their health and social care needs assessedand regularly reviewed. It also wants improved co-ordination of health andsocial care services and better training for all those professionalsworking in social care who come into contact with stroke survivors to understand strokeand its impact better.