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Community services for people who have had a stroke are “patchy,” says watchdog

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d246
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Patients in England who have had a stroke are subject to varying quality of care after they leave hospital, depending on where they live, a new review has found.

The review, carried out by the Care Quality Commission, found that some people have no access to specialist rehabilitation stroke services in the community and that the support needed to enable them to be discharged from hospital as early as possible after a stroke was available in just over a third of primary care trusts.

The commission reviewed the performance of all 151 primary care trusts in England and found gaps in rehabilitation services such as physiotherapy.

It found that patients who have had a stroke often …

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