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Rehab Service for Heart Attacks and Strokes to Close
9:56am 11th May 2012
(Updated 9:56am 11th May 2012)
Pirate FM has learnt there will be less help for Cornish patients battling back from heart attacks, strokes and head injuries.
Up to a hundred and twenty people a year are helped by the Occupational Therapy Assessment and Rehab service at Treliske. It is designed to help people return to their own home and possibly even to work. But now it is set to close.
Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall told Pirate FM, "Cornwall in recent times had very poor stroke performance and patients were being let down. Over the course of the last two years we have come a long way on stroke services so I would be extremely concerned if this service was being cut.
"A lot of patients will be affected by this change. Some clarity needs to be offered in terms of where this service will be commissioned in the future. We can't afford to lose this service."
Nobody from the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust wanted to be interviewed. But in a statement a spokesperson said, "We are currently reviewing our occupational therapy rehabilitation workshop and the options for delivery of that service. New referrals are temporarily suspended toe ensure that when patients begin their rehabilitation they receive continuity of care throughout their programme."
But Pirate FM has learnt that, while the hospital claims the move is temporary, staff are already being consulted on their future. A GP who refers patients has been told that the Trust will not fund the service in the future.
The existing cardiac rehabilitation service is unaffected.9:56am 11th May 2012
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