£1.4m boost for patients

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STROKE patients at Chesterfield Royal Hospital are set to receive improved continuity in their care following a £1.4 million re-organisation of services into one location.

The scheme will benefit around 450 patients a year and incorporate all stroke services into one purpose-built facility by merging the acute ward with a new rehabilitation unit.

The investment will also increase the level of rehabilitation on offer, with the recovery package set to increase from an average stay of five days to seven.

Currently, when stroke patients are ready for the next stage of their treatment they are transferred from the Royal across to the Speedwell ward at Walton Hospital.

But, from April 13, the Walton facility and its staff will move to the Royal.

Hospital chief executive Eric Morton said: “At a time when the NHS is looking to improve the quality of service it provides to its patients – while reducing costs by working smarter and more efficiently – this is a great example of what can be achieved.

“From the moment they are admitted to the Royal, stroke patients and their families will be looked after in the same facility, with the same teams and with a ‘seamless’ continuity of care.

“Expert doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, pharmacists and social service colleagues will be on hand to take them through their care pathway, from the first few days after a stroke through to rehabilitation and discharge home.”

The new ward will have bays and single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and toilets, as well as bedside TV and radio, contemporary designs, soft furnishings and welcoming artwork, all designed to be more ‘home-from-home’ than clinical.

Next door, the separate rehabilitation unit will include a physiotherapy section, individual clinical rooms, a multi-purpose conservatory-style area, and areas to practise everyday living skills such as making a drink or snack, dressing and making a bed.

Dr Pervaiz Iqbal, clinical director for medicine, said: “We want stroke patients to have local care and treatment at all stages of the patient pathway and to do that we invested in its development.

“We’re making sure we have the best staff, and that we offer excellent diagnostic facilities, the very latest drug treatments and the best in rehabilitation.”