A partnership of Suffolk health and care providers has begun delivering an early supported discharge service (ESD) for stroke patients across Suffolk.
The Suffolk Alliance, which is a partnership of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) and Suffolk County Council, will run an early supported discharge service for the next five years.
The specialist service provides up to six weeks of intensive stroke rehabilitation in patients’ own homes following their discharge from hospital, in turn helping them to optimise their mobility and independence.
Patients will receive more joined up care due to the alliance partners’ close working relationship, and links with a charity and voluntary organisations, including Livability Icanho, who can offer additional support.
Gylda Nunn, integrated therapies manager at WSFT, said: “We are delighted to be bringing together our hospital and community teams, adult home care services, and specialist charities to provide this important service that helps patients recover from stroke in their own homes.
“It is an exciting opportunity for us to work all the more closely together to deliver joined up, seamless care for the benefit of our patients.”
The alliance has taken on responsibility for delivering the service from Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. The staff who currently provide the service have transferred to the alliance partners, which means that patients will continue to be cared for by the same team.
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