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Patients' Calls to Save Threatened Rehab Service

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3:14pm 24th May 2012
(Updated 3:14pm 24th May 2012)

Cornish stroke and heart attack victims step up calls to save a threatened rehab service.

One centre at Treliske is closed to admissions while bosses carry out a review.

Patient Geoff Small from Camborne suffered a cardiac arrest at Christmas: "You just lose your confidence completely, I mean I went from being, I thought, a fairly fit sort of person, to I couldn't even walk to the end of the road. Now, you know, I can walk into town from here and have the confidence to do it by myself.

"It's really valuable. I can't see how they could possibly do this in a home. You need to be in a hospital environment to carry on doing the work. Well I would say to them, keep the service going because it gives people alot better quality of life."

Campaigners claim closing the rehab service in Cornwall will cost more than it saves.

They are warning some patients will just end up at their GP's or casualty, if Treliske cuts it.

Stuart Roden speaks for the union Unison in the Duchy: "I think they really appreciate it, it's aided their recovery, they've certainly recovered much quicker than they would have done without this service being there. Cornwall's one of the few places to have this kind of service you know, and we think it's essential we do everything we can to retain it.

"We think the actual cost only runs into tens of thousands of pounds. When you look at the cost of it compared with the benefits, basically it's a no brainer. But it's just a matter of getting somebody to actually say, yes, we think it's a good service, we will pay for it."

In a statement a spokesperson for the Royal Cornwall Hospital 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."

3:14pm 24th May 2012

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