Patients win fight to keep stroke care at Royal Surrey
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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