Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
If you, or a relative/friend, has had a Stroke, what care and rehabilitation should you be receiving in the UK?
Every 4 years the Royal College of Physicians publishes their National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Care in the UK. The last one to be published was 2016. These Guidelines cover every aspect of management along the Stroke pathway. Although a lengthy document, it is sectioned per topic so you can scroll to what is relevant to you.
The Stroke Association has also published a user friendly version of these Guidelines for stroke patients and their carers which you can read here .
Some quick view summary points are:
Acute Care (ie. on admission to hospital)
Rehabilitation (Inpatient, or at home)
Impact of Coronavirus
At present Coronavirus has unfortunately had a significant impact on therapy services, both in hospital and the community. It is therefore much more challenging for Stroke Services to follow the above Guidelines at present, but this doesn’t mean they should be disregarded.
From interactions with our customers since the outbreak of Coronavirus, therapy input has certainly reduced and discharge from hospital is understandably quicker. Some guidance has been published by NHS England to try to standardise care in the current circumstances which you can read here . The Stroke Association has published helpful documentation on what to expect which you can read here .
Some of you may becoming familiar with the use of TeleRehab to deliver therapy and offer advice, and we are certainly teaming up with more therapists by video link to offer guidance on the use of our Saebo products where appropriate. If you are finding your rehab is affected, do check out our blog “Online Resources” for exercise ideas.
Remember to seek professional advice if you are at all concerned with you or your carers safety and well being.