Stroke after care 'worse' than most according to new report

STROKE patients in Calderdale experience some of the country's worst after care, according to a new report.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) review has ranked Calderdale as among the "least well performing" for its care of stroke patients after leaving hospital.

The rating puts Calderdale in the lowest quarter for districts across England – and was the lowest score in the Yorkshire and Humber. The region's top scorer was Barnsley.

Strokes leave 30,000 people a year in Yorkshire with long-term health needs but early rehabilitation can reduce these.

Researchers at the CQC assessed each area on 15 categories and awarded a mark from one – worse than most other areas – to five – better than most.

Calderdale received a grade of one in three categories: for its provision of extra support to help people return home quickly; for involving stroke survivors and carers in planning services and for working together across health and social services to provide "joined-up" stroke care.

Calderdale received a top score – five out of five – for helping people participate in community life.

Dr Matt Walsh, medical director at NHS Calderdale, welcomed the review and said it was being used to plan future care with Calderdale Council and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

"We are working together to support stroke patients to transfer from hospital to a home setting sooner with the appropriate care package and support for them and their carers.

"The quality of stroke care within the hospital is also monitored. This shows that Calderdale is performing well, with more of our patients being cared for on a specialist stroke unit than is the case elsewhere in Yorkshire and the Humber."