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Rehab Unit Still Closed

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5:55pm 30th August 2012
(Updated 5:55pm 30th August 2012)

There are questions over what is happening to a service helping people recover from heart attacks and strokes in Cornwall.

The occupational therapy rehab unit stopped taking patients back in May, because of a review.

Pirate FM has asked Treliske and the Primary Care Trust what is going on, but they have not answered yet.

Camborne patient Geoff Small: "I've just had really good treatment and I say they should really keep this open. It's got a lot going for it and the staff are just so dedicated. They spend so much time with you and give you the confidence to get back to work, which is what they're all after.

"It just gives you the confidence to carry on doing stuff like your exercises and you fell that you're a lot safer to push yourself a bit more than if you were at home,. You're in a very safe environment if anything happens to you; you're in the best place possible."

Campaigners brought it up at the hospital's board meeting on Thursday.

Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall wants answers: "It's necessary for services to evolve, we all understand that,  but sadly the NHS has a history of reviewing services and ultimately those reviews lead to cuts. The health service needs to get out of that bad habit I'm afraid.

"It's necessary in order to get people back on their feet as quickly as possible and able to live back in their home circumstances without the need for support and everything. If we can't do that these people become more and more dependent on the health service and it costs more. So it's false economy."

5:55pm 30th August 2012

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