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York stroke patients suffer due to NHS cutbacks


12:02am 5th December 2011

The York Teaching Hospital Charity has launched The STAR Appeal to raise £300,000 to refurbish York Hospital's Stroke Rehabilitation unit.

Stroke is the third largest cause of death and the single largest cause of adult disability in the UK.
The Stroke Rehabilitation unit located on Ward 39 at York Hospital is desperately in need of modernisation / refurbishment to meet the specific needs of patients recovering from a stroke. The STAR Appeal is hoping to raise £300,000 to ensure these vital changes can be made for the benefit of our stroke patients.
The Stroke Rehabilitation unit at York Hospital provides vital care to patients who have suffered a stroke to ensure they can return home as quickly and safely as possible. Care in a stroke unit - with access to skilled, specialist staff and equipment - is the single most effective intervention for any stroke patient requiring hospital admission.
The STAR Appeal will ensure we can vastly improve the stroke rehabilitation area on ward 39 including a flat where patients will live independently whilst receiving support from expert staff. This will prepare them for returning home and ensure they feel confident and ready to overcome any challenges they will face as they return to their home and work life. We will also install a new kitchen and ceiling track hoists which will be used to transfer patients into and out of bed.
Sue Beckett, Deputy Directorate Manager for Elderly Medicine said, "Stroke is the biggest cause of disability and affects people of all ages. The STAR Appeal will greatly improve the environment for stroke patients during their inpatient stay. Many thanks to everybody who chooses to support this vital appeal."

The charity could not continue its vital work without its fantastic supporters who range from individuals, schools, colleges, companies and groups and associations. There are lots of ways to get support the appeal including organising an event, raising funds at work or even jumping out of a plane! Whatever you decide to do, the charity can offer you all the support you will need to ensure your fundraising is a success (and that you have fun along the way!)

If you would like more information about the appeal please contact Lucy Watson on 01904 721737 or email lucy.watson@york.nhs.uk

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