The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, MP, has officially opened the new Stroke Pathway Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre at Norfolk Park.
The Minister was joined by staff and patients at an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday 23 November to mark the opening of the centre, which ensures patients who are not able to be discharged straight home from hospital receive specialist rehabilitative support, 24 hours a day, at a critical point in their recovery.
The new 30-bedded centre, which is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is the culmination of a three-year programme to further improve stroke services in the city.
It is staffed by a dedicated team of nurses and support workers.
During his visit, the Minister was given a guided tour of the Centre’s purpose-built facilities, meeting with patients and a wide range of staff including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and activity coordinators.
He also witnessed first-hand a number of key activities and therapies taking place at the Centre.
This included a rehabilitation session in the therapy gym, an assessment in the specially designed kitchen where patients can learn essential skills that will better equip with them with the challenges they face when they get home, such as having to cook one-handed, and a tai chi activity group.
Patient Peter Thorpe also shared his experiences of how the Centre is helping him with his longer term recovery.
Before departing, the Minister was shown around the Shrewsbury Ward and given an overview of how the facility’s grounds and bedrooms provide stroke patients with the best possible surroundings for their recovery.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The integrated care I saw today in Sheffield was fantastic. Having this sort of rehabilitation facility in the community gives stroke survivors the best chance at recovery, and it was great to see first-hand the different ways staff are supporting patients, from tai chi to cooking skills. It’s the sort of thing we want to see lots more of in our NHS.”
Kirsten Major, Interim Chief Executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am incredibly proud of what our team have achieved in bringing this new facility to Sheffield. This is the end of a three-year programme to further improve stroke services in the city, bringing together a range of healthcare professionals, including GPs, physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and rehabilitation nurses, to ensure stroke survivors get the right treatment at the right point in their recovery.”
A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel ruptures or bleeds, which causes irreversible damage to the brain. The faster you recognise a stroke and react to it, the more of the brain and the person you can save. For more details of how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what action to take visit https://www.nhs.uk/actfast/Pages/stroke.aspx.