Fifth of stroke patients denied NHS physio

One in five people who have had a stroke do not receive state-funded physiotherapy after leaving hospital, the results of a survey suggest.

The Stroke Association and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy asked 1,160 physio-therapists and stroke survivors about community-based physio-therapy.

Almost three-quarters of physiotherapists questioned believe that they are not able to deliver the best outcomes for patients who have had strokes.

A total of 25 per cent of stroke patients wait more than a month for their first session of outpatient physiotherapy, the survey found.

The Stroke Association and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy recommend that all patients who are likely to benefit from physiotherapy should be able to access the service within one day of transfer from hospital.

They suggest that the maximum wait for a physiotherapy consultation should be one week after discharge.

Jon Barrick, chief executive of the Stroke Association, commented: 'Contrary to public belief, people can recover after a stroke and physiotherapy plays a key part in helping survivors regain mobility and get back to normal activities.'

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