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Have your say on plans to improve stroke services in Coventry and Warwickshire

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This Thursday (27 July) from 10:30 to 12:30 at Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Coventry, CV1 3FE, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Coventry and Warwickshire would like to hear your views on plans to improve local stroke services.

The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the organisations that plan and fund most health services in the area, have already listened to the views of local clinicians, patients, carers, and community groups, to bring together the proposed options for the future of this important service.  The CCGs would now like to invite further views and opinions through the event this Thursday or through the online survey www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NHSstrokeservices.

Andrea Green, Senior Responsible Officer for the Improving Stoke Outcomes Project on behalf of the Coventry and Warwickshire CCGs said:“Taking on public feedback we have extended the deadline and added further engagement events to ensure everybody has a chance to have their say.  This period of engagement has already seen us speak to a number of local people and we have been able to address several concerns around funding, workforce and rehabilitation services.  Our proposals cover the configuration of hospital services, but we have also taken into account the views of local patients, stroke survivors and carers about having more immediate rehabilitation care at home after a stroke.

“Also taken into consideration is the need to have a sustainable specialist workforce for stroke care, and our proposal describes developing a team of stroke professionals working together to improve stroke care, irrespective of whether they work in the hospital or home.

“As the organisations that buy services for stroke patients, the three Clinical Commissioning Groups know that if the best care in the right place at the right time is provided, in line with the National Stroke Strategy and regional best practice, we estimate that the lives of 100 local people can be saved and disability reduced for many people who survive a stroke.

“Our current services in the area do not meet national best practice and the CCGs have therefore been working with the three local hospitals and rehabilitation staff to look at all of the possible ways to deliver stroke services and stroke rehabilitation across Coventry and Warwickshire.  Other areas have already made changes to improve stroke services, and we would like to start to achieve this for our population as soon as possible.”

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