Stroke survivors from Louth recently attended an Oireachtas briefing in Leinster House to share their experiences regarding the lack of available rehabilitation services.
Among them was David McGrane and Patrick Bromley, both from Dundalk.
The information session was hosted by the Irish Heart Foundation with the support of Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies.
On behalf of 50,000 stroke survivors in Ireland, Louth survivors and campaigners joined with others from around the country to meet their local TDs and highlight the need for better rehabilitation services.
The day was organised by Irish Heart Foundation with support of Medtronic ahead of World Stroke Day.
A study launched on the day, conducted by the Irish Heart Foundation and the HSE’s National Stroke Programme, showed large gaps in vital recovery services for stroke patients around the country, with just one in four rehabilitation hospitals having a dedicated stroke unit; 60% lacking a stroke specialist to oversee rehabilitation; and less than one in three having any access to psychological services.
The audit also showed major organisational deficits across the rehabilitation hospital network.
For example, half of the hospitals couldn’t provide accurate information on the numbers of stroke patients they had admitted or discharged in the previous year, whilst bed access was restricted based on age in 12 of the 26 hospitals audited.