HEALTH AND CARE: Still time to have your say on stroke services in Sussex

Stroke services across Sussex are good, but they could be even better
Stroke services across Sussex are good, but they could be even better

The Herald & Gazette has joined forces with GP practices in the area which form part of the NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This week, they want to hear your views on local stroke services.

There is still time to have your say on local stroke services.

The NHS across Sussex is currently seeking views on local stroke services and people’s experiences.

Did you know that every year more than 3,000 Sussex residents are admitted to hospital following a stroke?

A stroke – either a blood clot or a bleed in the brain – is a clinical emergency that needs immediate medical attention which can leave the patient with lasting damage affecting speech, mobility and sight.

Stroke services for people in Sussex are good – but they could be even better.

Good progress has been made in improving stroke services in Sussex in recent years, in particular since the publication of the Department of Health’s National Stroke Strategy in 2007.

For example, 24/7 thrombolysis – a clot-busting treatment that can only be administered after specialist assessment to check suitability – is now available for most Sussex patients.

To help us to make sure local stroke services are the best they could be, the local NHS organisations across Sussex are working together to seek views on stroke services and your experiences will directly influence the options for improving health services for Sussex patients who suffer a stroke in the future.

Patient and carer feedback and experiences will be key to ensuring we plan NHS services that work for our local community.

We want to know what patients, carers and members of the public think about what matters most to you about stroke services in Sussex, and you can do this throughout August by completing a short survey, either online or by post.

You can take part in our online survey at www.sussexcollaborative-nhs.uk/our-work/stroke-services/

Or you can write to Sussex Stroke Review, Sussex Collaborative, Freepost, SEA2474 BN8 2ZZ, call 01273 403693 or email: scdt.admin@nhs.net

If you are interested in receiving updates as our work on stroke services progresses you can also join the mailing list by contacting the team using the contact details above.

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