South Somerset patients praise Stroke Home Rehabilitation Service

Date: 20 November 2015

A Chard and a Crewkerne patient have both praised Somerset Partnership’s Early Supported Discharge Service for stroke patients, for allowing them to make the recovery from their recent strokes in the comfort of their own homes.

The Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service, piloted for the last two years in Mendip, was rolled out in September 2015 to all eligible patients across Somerset. Now the new county-wide service helps suitable stroke and patients with brain-injuries to leave hospital more quickly by providing them with their essential rehabilitation at home. The service was overwhelmingly popular with patients and carers in the Mendip pilot and its clinical evaluation showed a marked improvement in patients’ mobility and independence.

Since 1 September 2015, the new service has helped 50 stroke patients and five patients with brain injuries.   

One of those stroke patients, Michael Byron, was discharged early after his stroke in August to continue his recovery back home in Chard. Mr Bryon commended the service and said:

“I think the Early Supported Discharge Service has made a tremendous difference to my recovery. I am at home in a relaxed atmosphere and there are none of the usual hospital distractions. I am doing lots more exercises than I would in hospital because I have the support of my wife. Also, my exercise regime is tailored to fit me in my home so I think this helps too.

“The service is well-designed at the team comes to my home, so they are totally focused on me and my needs, and are not going to be called away to help with another patient which could happen on the ward.And I can eat home cooked meals. Lovely!

“I would absolutely recommend this service. If it is appropriate for a patient, I would say yes, go for it.”

Another patient, Jeffrey White, also had a stroke in August and was able to benefit from the ESD Service back in his home in Crewkerne. He said:

“Being allowed to come home has made a big difference to me and my wife; I think that my recovery has been quicker because I am in my own home with all my comforts around me.

“I think that I have had a great service and I would happily recommend it to other stroke patients who are offered the choice. It’s much nicer to be in your own home, your care is tailored to your home and outside space.

“The things that have worked best for me are being in my own sitting room, with my wife here all the time, being able to sleep in my own bed at night, without being disturbed by other patients or nurses, so I get a good night’s sleep, and having home cooked meals again, that’s great.

“I particularly like that fact that I have been able to go outside for short walks with support, and I don’t think that this would have been possible if I was in hospital, as I would have to wait for staff to be available, and sometimes they are so busy this is not a possibility.”

Edward Colgan, Chief Executive of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, welcomed the comments from Mr Bryon and Mr White and said:

“I am delighted that the Early Supported Discharge Service has been received so positively by Mr Bryon and Mr White. I am pleased that it has made such a difference to their recovery.

“As Jeffrey White and Michael Bryon’s comments bear out, patients say they have a better experience when care is delivered out of hospital and closer to home. We know that patients recover more quickly when rehabilitation takes place in their own home.

“I want to thank our staff involved for their continued hard work in extending this service across the county to all Somerset patients and for delivering excellent patient care. These patient stories are a credit to them.”