People across Suffolk are being asked for their opinion on plans for a new service to help acute stroke patients leave hospital more quickly and provide intensive support to them once they are home.
The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) service, which will be commissioned by the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCGs) will start from autumn 2014.
It will complement upgrades to hyper acute stroke services at Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals.
ESD will give patients access to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapy, clinical neuropsychologists and dietician as appropriate. The clinical team will be supported by rehabilitation assistance practitioners and lead by a consultant with a predominant interest in stroke.
Local people are being asked for their views on the way ESD will operate to ensure the best level of support and care for stroke patients and their families.
People can give their views by completing an online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/newearlysupporteddischargeservices or by requesting a hard copy questionnaire by calling 01449 703949. Health watchdog Healthwatch Suffolk will be gathering people’s opinions, ensuring they are collected independently of the CCGs.
Dr Mark Shenton, chairman of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Before the CCGs commission the ESD service we want to know the views of local people to make sure it meets their needs.”
Dr Christopher Browning, chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The views of local people can help shape the way the proposed new service will deliver care and support. It is vitally important we hear the views of people who have experienced the current system as there is much we can learn from them.”
The closing date for submissions is Tuesday, November 5.