"Lack of physiotherapy after strokes"

About: Tameside General Hospital

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…

This lady, who is over 80 years old, has had two strokes. She was pleased with care in hospital and at follow-up sessions at outpatient clinic. However, physio is very disappointing. There was only one session – she was just given exercises to do at home. Her affected leg is now “giving way” so she can’t walk very well. Her toes have curled under her foot and she is very afraid she will lose her mobility. It is making her depressed and fearful of going out.

She is going to ask her GP for advice, and to see if she could have any further physio sessions.

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Response from Peter Denton, Healthwatch Manager, Healthwatch Tameside

Healthwatch has been contacted by Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as they would like to contact this lady. They think that she is probably eligible for more support and want to help her to access it. Philippa Robinson from the CCG's long term conditions commissioning has asked us to pass her phone number (0161 304 5300) to the lady.

We don't have this lady's contact details (she chose not to give them to us when we heard her story) but our volunteer who collected this patient story has a recollection that she has seen them in the same venue before. We're therefore passing this information on to the volunteer in case she sees this lady again.

Peter Denton - Healthwatch Manager

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