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Your chance to give your views on stroke services in Coventry and Warwickshire Posted on 23 Dec 2019

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Coventry and Warwickshire, who buy health and care services on behalf of patients, want to improve local stroke services and have developed a proposal for the future of these services.   They are asking for the views of local people between 9 October 2019 and 21 January 2020.

Current stroke services in Coventry and Warwickshire are providing a good standard of care but they are not meeting the latest national and regional guidance and patients sometimes receive a different service depending on where they live.

The CCGs want to improve stroke care so that there are real improvements in health outcomes for local people. To make this happen they know they need to change services and invest in specialist rehabilitation, ambulance transfers and medicines. They feel that it is important to make this investment in order to reduce the chances of people having a stroke and having a serious disability resulting from a stroke.

The CCGs’ preferred option has been developed by local clinicians, patients, carers, community groups and a dedicated patient and public advisory group including the stroke Association and stroke survivors.

The CCGs are now carrying out a consultation on the proposed options to understand the views of as many people as possible on all aspects of stroke services including how strokes can be prevented, hospital care for stroke patients and rehabilitation after people have had a stroke.

People can have their say by completing an online questionnaire here.

Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Chair of the Clinical and Operational Group, Dr Gavin Farrell said “I very much support the proposed options as they will allow us to deliver high quality care in hospital and specialist stroke rehabilitation in the community across the region. The evidence shows that specialist stroke care and rehabilitation in hospital and back home in the community enables people to maximise their recovery and their quality of life.”

Sarah Adderley, Head of stroke Support at the stroke Association, said: “People in Coventry and Warwickshire need the very best stroke treatment, wherever they live. I’ve been involved in the stroke public and patient advisory group on behalf of the stroke Association for some time and have contributed to the development of the proposed options. I believe that these decisions will mean that more stroke survivors can return home if they don’t need to stay in hospital for further care, while ensuring they are supported to rebuild their lives at home and in the local community.”

Accountable Officer, Adrian Stokes on behalf of the Coventry and Warwickshire CCGs said: “We want to change stroke services so that everybody who needs it has access to the best clinical, evidence based, hospital care at the point they have a stroke and then the optimal rehabilitation that they need to recover and live as well as possible after their stroke. This consultation is the chance for patients, carers, stroke survivors and the wider public to share their views on our proposals for improving stroke services in Coventry and Warwickshire, and I urge people to get involved and let us know their thoughts.”

Check out the following for details of our proposed option, the work we’ve undertaken and how our proposal was developed:
•    Full consultation document (please note the dates for the public meetings in this document are due to be rescheduled)
•    Summary consultation document