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18 July 2017
Press release

Exceptional stroke care is being delivered in Suffolk

The radical turnaround of stroke services across east and west Suffolk has been recognised with a national award.

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (the CCGs) scooped the Healthcare Transformation Award for Innovation in Improving Outcomes and Reducing Variation.

The award highlights the transformation of stroke services over the past four years, with Suffolk now having the lowest level of premature stroke mortality compared to similar areas in the country*.

Over 1000 people in the area suffer a stroke each year and now every stroke patient has seven day a week access to a consultant stroke specialist and rehabilitation team within 24 hours. Care does not stop at the hospital door with patients being able to access care after they have been discharged from hospital, improving the chances of recovery and giving support to carers. These rehabilitation services include speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and clinical psychology.

Dr Mark Shenton, chairman, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This award recognises the hard work of local staff and partners for delivering stroke care services that are nationally regarded as being among the best in the country.

“In 2013, when the CCGs became responsible for commissioning most local health services, a priority was to improve stroke care.  This has been achieved. The area now has dedicated stroke units at Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals offering round-the-clock care and a range of community services that help people return home as quickly as possible and give them and their carers the support they need. This is an achievement of which I am immensely proud.”

Dr Christopher Browning, chairman, NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Four years ago the CCGs established the Suffolk Stroke Review Board, which was a collaboration of local health partners, to tackle the very real issue of local people not being able to access the stroke services they deserved.

“Partnership working has been key to our success starting back in 2014 when we asked local people to tell us how things should change. The feedback they gave us has directly shaped stroke services in Suffolk today.”

Neill Moloney, managing director of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust said: "This is a great achievement and shows what strong positive partnerships can achieve."

Dr Anne Nicolson, stroke services lead at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Suffolk stroke services, said: “This collaboration continues to improve stroke care for all patients and carers in Suffolk. Working closely with the CCGs and Ipswich Hospital, seven-day-a-week working has become normal practice in the acute hospitals for multiple disciplines including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and stroke medicine. The early supported discharge service has also been embedded to provide ongoing stroke therapy at home for patients after discharge.

“We are committed to improving the recovery of our patients to ensure the best outcomes, and this award is a testament to the collaborative work of healthcare partners across Suffolk who have done just that.” 


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NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk
NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk

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