Nurses and therapists have been brought together under one roof to create a “centre of excellence” for stroke rehabilitation services at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.
The new specialist stroke unit brings together community inpatient stroke beds with specialist nurses and services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy.
Stroke patients who would previously have been sent to Carter Bequest and Guisborough Primary Care Hospitals are now being admitted to the specialist unit at Redcar.
Barbara Stoker, director of integrated therapies at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The move enables nursing staff and therapists to work closely together and gives patients access to a wide range of experts on one site.”
Stroke rehabilitation has been highlighted as a priority area for South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, which is working to improve services for the elderly and vulnerable through its IMProVE – Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly – programme.
In 2013, 426 people from the South Tees area were treated for stroke at The James Cook University Hospital and the number of people experiencing a stroke in the locality is projected to grow by around 12% by 2020.