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News - RD&E team wins Highly Commended in national awards

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The Royal Devon & Exeter Early Supported Discharge work for Stroke patients was ‘highly commended’ at a national award ceremony (4 July).

The RD&E was one of six NHS trusts shortlisted nationally for the Stroke category in the Care Integration Awards hosted by The Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times.

The RD&E piloted and developed a successful initiative to help patients recover from stroke in their own homes instead of needing to stay in hospital for treatment. Specialist nursing care and rehabilitation is provided at the same level in terms of quality as the patient would have received had they been a hospital inpatient but it means patients leave sooner and receive their therapy in the comfort and familiar surroundings of their homes. Consultant stroke physician Dr Martin James said: “This is terrific national recognition of great work done by our new Stroke Support Team in transforming patient experience for people with stroke in East Devon. The pilot scheme has been very highly evaluated by local patients, carers and GPs. It's been a very exciting improvement to the Stroke Service in Exeter and Eastern Devon.”




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