We're proud to be helping stroke survivors across New South Wales access dedicated support when they leave hospital by funding the Stroke Foundation's new Follow Up service.
Stroke is one of Australia's biggest killers and a leading cause of disability, with more than 50,000 new and recurrent strokes occurring nationwide every year. To help fast track patient recovery and reduce hospital re-admission rates, the Stroke Foundation implemented the new Follow Up service that assists stroke survivors as they return home from hospital.
Through our funding, the service is currently on offer at 17 sites across regional and metropolitan areas of the state and provides patients with information, advice, support and referrals to assist them to better manage their health and fast track their recovery. More than 100 patients have already been referred to the service with plans to reach a total of 1,500 participants over the next 12 months.
The service is a crucial second phase of stroke survivor care that builds upon our original support that helped develop the My Stroke Journey patient resource
. It fills an existing gap for stroke survivors and those heavily involved in their recovery by aiding their return home, which is described by some as the most challenging phase of their life journey.
All stroke survivors and carers over the age of 18 years are eligible for the service and the Stroke Foundation works with participating hospitals to confirm patient referrals. To find out more visit www.strokefoundation.com.au