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CCGs join to provide 24/7 stroke care


9 January 2014

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Patients in Suffolk will have access to a consultant stroke specialist and a rehabilitation team within 24 hours due to improvements introduced by the local clinical commissioning groups (CCG). 
From January 6, both Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospitals will have seven-day stroke services. 
The change follows a review of service provision by Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and West Suffolk CCG. 
A commitment was also made to invest in an enhanced early supported discharge service (ESD). 

Patients in Suffolk will have access to a consultant stroke specialist and a rehabilitation team within 24 hours due to improvements introduced by the local clinical commissioning groups (CCG). 
From January 6, both Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospitals will have seven-day stroke services. 
The change follows a review of service provision by Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and West Suffolk CCG. 
A commitment was also made to invest in an enhanced early supported discharge service (ESD). 
The ESD will provide rehabilitation to acute stroke patients who have been discharged. 
Dr Mark Shenton, Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG chair said: “The decision to commission improved stroke services will deliver real benefit to around 1000 patients who suffer an acute stroke each year.
“It is important that those patients get the best possible care so they have the best chance of a full recovery.”

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