Drive to improve stroke information

The Stroke Association launched a campaign this week to improve information on services for people leaving hospital after a stroke, amid evidence of significant gaps.

A study published by the charity found discharged patients were given inadequate information on preventing further strokes, physiotherapy services, speech and language provision and emotional support.

It said information was often incomprehensible to patients who had cognitive or sensory impairments caused by their strokes.

It called for an audit of provision, funding for information material and communication aids and access to advisers to help stroke survivors and carers understand the material.

Each hospital should have a member of staff responsible for implementing the strategy and liaising with social services, it added.

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