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Stroke patients benefit from new community support service at Cwm Taf University Health Board

The Deputy Minister for Health, Vaughan Gething, visited Prince Charles Hospital today (November 24) to launch the second all-Wales Stroke Annual Report.

Whilst at the hospital he met members of Cwm Taf University Health Board’s newly established Stroke Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Team – the first stroke specific ESD in Wales, which is a community-based service introduced to support patients after they have been discharged from hospital.

The aim of the service, which is led by Kathryn Head, Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist, is to maximise rehabilitation and recovery following stroke by enabling eligible stroke patients to be discharged ‘early’ from hospital and receive six weeks intensive rehabilitation in their own home.

The team comprises occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and nursing staff.
Dr Kathryn Head, Stroke Early Supported Discharge lead said: “I am delighted that we are running this new service which provides an extra level of care and rehabilitation for people living in Cwm Taf recovering from stroke.
The specialist, multidisciplinary ESD team facilitates a seamless transfer of care from hospital to the patient’s home and delivers an early, intensive rehabilitation service for patients on discharge from hospital to maximise independence as quickly as possible.
It is well evidenced that Stroke Specialist Early Supported Discharge Teams have improved patient outcomes, greater satisfaction with their care and reduced lengths of hospital stays. This is a very exciting opportunity to improve the stroke patient experience and deliver a service which is in line with national best practice”.