04:12am Wednesday 20 September 2017

Increased waiting times for patients needing NHS physiotherapy

The longest waits for treatment are in West Sussex, where waiting time is between four and 27 weeks.

Joe Korner, Director of Communications at The Stroke Association said, “It is very worrying that so many patients have to wait for such long periods of time to access the physiotherapy they need. We know that the sooner stroke survivors start their rehabilitation the more likely they are to make a better recovery, and that breaks in therapy can halt their progress. 

“While stroke survivors may get the physiotherapy they need in hospital, it needs to continue seamlessly following their discharge in order for them to make the best possible recovery.

“Stroke guidelines are clear that people should get intensive and continuous physiotherapy for as long as they need it. Ultimately, helping more stroke survivors to be more independent will save the NHS money.”

You can read more on this story on the Guardian’s website.


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