Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study

Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study

Stroke victims being failed as COVID pandemic hits support services, says study

Tens of thousands of stroke patients could be denied the chance of recovery because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on services, according to the Stroke Association.

The charity has commissioned a study which surveyed over 2,000 patients. It says the Stroke Recoveries at Risk report shows how the government needs to take immediate action to stem a “rising tide” of demand on the NHS.

Juliet Bouverie, chief executive of the Stroke Association said: “Strokes didn’t stop because of the pandemic. Despite the tireless efforts of frontline clinicians who have gone to herculean efforts to maintain services under extremely difficult conditions, some treatments still became unavailable and most stroke aftercare ground to a halt.

“This means more stroke survivors are now living with avoidable, unnecessary disability. Stroke is a brain attack that affects 100,000 people a year – killing thousands and leaving others with complex and severe disability.

“Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt after stroke.”

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