Pa­tients win fight to keep stroke care at Royal Sur­rey

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pro­pos­als which said Royal Sur­rey would no longer pro­vide spe­cial­ist stroke care.

In a let­ter sent to the Sur­rey Ad­ver­tiser, hos­pi­tal gover­nor Ray Rogers said: “I and fel­low Royal Sur­rey gover­nors pressed for the Royal Sur­rey to have an ASU and in­volve­ment in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion rather than ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing in St Peters and Frim­ley Park.

“This was clearly the wish of the meet­ing which the Royal Sur­rey or­gan­ised for its Trust mem­bers.

“I am pleased to say that the CCGs [clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups] have de­cided that there should be a ‘net­worked HASU and ASU’ ar­range­ment be­tween Frim­ley and the Royal Sur­rey with an ASU be­ing lo­cated in the Royal Sur­rey.

“They have also de­cided that there be bed­ded spe­cial­ist re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in the Royal Sur­rey linked to the ASU and with ac­cess to non­spe­cial­ist re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.”

The pub­lic meet­ing, held on Septem­ber 7 at The H G Wells Con­fer­ence and Events Cen­tre in Wok­ing, dis­cussed the out­come of a 12-week pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

Guild­ford and Waver­ley Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) and NHS North West Sur­rey un­der­took a con­sul­ta­tion on stroke ser­vices in West Sur­rey which ended in April.

Cran­leigh Pa­tients’ Par­tic­i­pa­tion Group (PPG) asked the pub­lic to sign a pe­ti­tion to en­sure rapid stroke treat­ment for res­i­dents.

The group said stroke pa­tients would need to travel for over 23 miles to reach Frim­ley Park Hos­pi­tal, around twice the travel dis­tance from Cran­leigh to Royal Sur­rey.

A pe­ti­tion was pre­sented to the Guild­ford and Waver­ley Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group and NHS Eng­land in April be­fore the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion re­port was pub­lished.

A spokesman for NHS Guild­ford and Waver­ley Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group said: “The CCGs have re­sponded to the feed­back re­ceived from the pub­lic by mak­ing amend­ments to the model of care con­sulted upon.

“Both changes to the pro­pos­als con­sulted upon mean that pa­tients will be cared for in the pe­riod fol­low­ing hy­per-acute stroke care at a site that the pub­lic told us was more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for vis­i­tors, who have an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing their loved ones to re­cover and re­ha­bil­i­tate.”

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