NHS leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to consider stroke service change proposals
The NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will consider proposals for transforming stroke services across the area at a key meeting next week. The local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will review the proposals on 1 June, before deciding on whether to proceed to a public consultation on the changes.
The proposals are designed to ensure fewer stroke deaths and improved outcomes. They include changes to emergency treatment, ongoing hospital care and live-in rehabilitation services. A range of people including senior clinicians, stroke services staff and people with lived-experience of stroke have been involved in designing the proposals, and will be present at the meeting to discuss them.
Dr Chris Burton, Clinical Lead for the Improving Stroke Services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Programme, said:
“This is an exciting step in ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to survive and thrive after stroke.
“Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the UK, and 1 in 50 people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire live with the condition’s long term impacts.
“We believe there’s a strong case for bringing our specialist stroke resources together to improve hospital care, and for greater investment in community support which we know aids long term recovery.
“A big thank you goes to everyone involved in shaping the proposals to date, including people who have experienced stroke themselves and our dedicated stroke services staff.”
If agreed at the CCG Governing Body meeting on 1 June 2021, a formal 12-week public consultation process would launch on 7 June, with accompanying publicity sharing all the details on how people can have their say.