Sir Jim Paice MP has welcomed news that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group (CCG), together with Cambridgeshire County Council, have agreed to fund a vital stroke support service for the next financial year.
The Information, Advice and Support Service has provided practical and emotional support to stroke survivors and their carers over the last two years.
The service works with stroke survivors once they have been discharged from hospital and for up to 12 months afterwards as they recover.
The service gives information on the possible impact of a stroke, the availability of local help, how to apply for benefits or financial and practical help, and how to make appropriate lifestyle changes.
According to the Stroke Association, for each stroke survivor supported by this service, around £5,000 is saved in further healthcare interventions.
The South East Cambridgeshire MP said: “I am aware of the devastating impact strokes can have, both on victims and on those around them. At such a difficult time it is vital that individuals are able to access the advice and support they need.”
“A number of constituents have expressed to me the huge benefit they receive from this service, whether as stroke victims or as carers.
“I am therefore delighted to hear that this important service will continue.”
The Stroke Association is currently working to embed the service into Cambridgeshire’s stroke pathway to avoid future uncertainty for service users.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 27) Echo.