Torbay team celebrates first anniversary of enhancing stroke patients’ recovery
Torbay’s Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team has celebrated its first anniversary of providing Early Supported Discharge to local people following a stroke. The team celebrated in style with current and former patients of the service with an open afternoon highlighting the work of the multidisciplinary team.
The ESD service facilitates early discharge from hospital and enable, where appropriate, people who have suffered a stroke to return home with intensive therapy from the CNRT. The team works with patients within their own homes and consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, a Dietitian as well as Assistant Practitioners.
Over the last year, the ESD service has enabled over 150 people to leave hospital safely, often within five days of having had a stroke, with access to responsive and accessible care at home. The team are often able to offer therapy appointments within 24 hours of being discharged from hospital.
As part of the celebratory afternoon, some former service users and their families cooked up a storm with cakes, biscuits, party food and even an intricate anniversary cake to show their appreciation for the support provided by the team.
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Kathy Huddart recently suffered from a stroke. Prior to her stroke, Kathy had been an avid cake decorator, being especially talented with sugarcraft. Kathy said: “Following my stroke I was unable to make or decorate cakes which had been a hobby that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was concerned that I would be unable to do it again. With the help of the team, I slowly regained my ability to make cakes and even delicate sugarcraft flowers. As a way of showing my appreciation of how far I’ve progressed with the team’s support I made an anniversary celebration cake complete with sugarcraft flowers - I really can’t begin to thank them enough for their help!”
Lyn Ward, Lead for Torbay’s Stroke Early Supported Discharge Team, said: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate our first year with patients past and present and were especially touched by the hand crafted and home baked food on offer from our service users and their families.
“For some people having a stroke can be devastating, suddenly taking away their ability to do things which most of us would take for granted. We want to ensure that stroke care doesn’t simply start and end in hospital. We are helping people return home safely following treatment in hospital, developing services around their individual needs, and helping them minimise the risk of another stroke.”
David Mannion, Stroke Association Co-Ordinator for Torbay, said: “I was pleased to be asked to attend the service’s first anniversary celebrations. The ESD service has made vast improvements to patient experience over the last year. Previously I was making home visits and having to explain to stroke survivors that there was a waiting list for physiotherapy of, in some cases, over three months. Since the implementation of ESD the availability of therapy has increased enormously with most people having therapy in place during the first week of discharge.”
Information stands at the open afternoon included the Stroke Association, Disability Information Service, CNRT, ESD, Signposts for Carers who provide support for carers of those who have suffered a stroke, Dieticians raising awareness of salt intake which is linked to increased risk of stroke, Patient Advice and Liaison Service as well as the Reablement Team (Intensive Support Service).
For more information on the Community Neuro Rehabilitation Team and its Early Supported Discharge service, please contact the Trust’s Customer Services Centre on 01803 219700. Alternatively, visit www.tsdhc.nhs.uk