Stroke victims getting good care in Tower Hamlets

PEOPLE who have suffered a stroke in Tower Hamlets are receiving an acceptable overall level of care, the latest government study has shown.

NHS Tower Hamlets received particular praise for helping people return home as soon as possible after suffering a stroke and providing good end of life care for those who have suffered serious problems.

The Care Quality Commission’s report, published yesterday (January 13), gave the area top marks of 4 or 5 in six out of fifteen categories.

But more needs to be done to keep people healthy a year after stroke to prevent them having to be admitted to hospital.

That was the only category in which that the trust scored a mark of 1 – making it worse than most other areas.

The trust was also slightly below the national average in meeting people’s individual needs, giving good care after a mini stroke and involving carers and other stroke survivors in future planning.

It also received a lower score of two for failing to provide a good joined up service across different centres and health providers.

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Stroke is the most common cause of disability in London.

In Tower Hamlets, around 350 people have a stroke every year and there are more than 2,000 people currently living with stroke in the borough.