Have your say about the future of stroke services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate

Across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, health services are working together to look at better ways of delivering care for people who have a stroke and making the services sustainable and fit for the future. Before decisions are made on the future of stroke services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, we want to hear from you.

Stroke is a life changing event. And the care you receive in the first few hours after a stroke can make difference to how well you can recover. This includes scans, tests and clot-busting drugs, which have to be delivered by highly trained staff working in specialist units at hospitals.

Health services are developing proposals to make sure everyone in our region gets this specialist care in the first few hours after a stroke. We also know that ongoing care, such as physiotherapy, speech therapy or emotional support is really important. The NHS think that by coordinating services better, more people could receive the care they need in a community setting, closer to home.

We want to make sure our services are fit for the future and that we make the most of new technology, the skills of our valuable workforce whilst maximising opportunities to improve outcomes for local people.

And by improving people’s health and supporting people to stay well, the NHS could prevent people from having strokes and going to hospital in the first place. 

Sharing my views

A survey was created jointly by all of the Healthwatch organisations across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Healthwatch is independent of the NHS and has been asked by West Yorkshire and Harrogate health services to engage with patients, carers and the wider public. We are working together to find out more about what you think about possible new ways of providing the care that you need when you have a stroke or care for someone who has.

The engagement ran for six weeks from Wednesday 1st February 2017 until Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Healthwatch Kirklees are pulling together all the feedback that people have shared with Healthwatch across West Yorkshire and Harrogate, and they will be sharing it with the West Yorkshire and Harrogate health services.

To find out more please visit the following website: http://healthwatchkirklees.co.uk/stroke-services/

You can talk to Healthwatch Kirklees direct by emailing  info@healthwatchkirklees.co.uk or phoning 01924 450379.

Please note: Engagement is now closed.

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