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AUDIO: Harrogate stroke survivor calls for better support

AUDIO: Harrogate stroke survivor calls for better support

Published at 6:03am 17th May 2016. (Updated at 6:12pm 17th May 2016)

A Harrogate man is calling for more support for stroke survivors after they leave hospital. 

Nathan Ridgard, who had two strokes and a haemorrhage aged just 36, is backing a national campaign calling on the Government to improve services.

According to new figures published by the Stroke Association, 52% of survivors in Yorkshire and the Humber feel abandoned when they leave hospital.

The charity surveyed over 1,100 stroke survivors living in England about their experience of stroke care and support.

Jon Barrick, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, said: "These findings are deeply concerning. Currently, too many stroke survivors feel abandoned when they return home, as they are not given the right support to begin their rehabilitation.

"Major strides have been made in the way stroke is treated in hospital, however, the same is not true when stroke survivors return home. No-one plans for a stroke, but the Government can, and should, ensure that the right care and support is there when people need it most."

The charity is launching a major new campaign, A New Era for Stroke, which calls on the Government to commit to a new stroke strategy.

Jon Barrick added: "Stroke survivors have told us that they have had to wait weeks - and in some cases months - for the support and therapy they need to rebuild their lives. For too many people, their support comes too late, it stops too soon, or they don't have access to all types of therapy they need.

"We successfully campaigned for the first strategy 10 years ago, which has led to dramatic improvements in the way stroke is treated in hospital. However, this has not carried through to the support that people need once they return home.

"The Government has said it doesn’t have plans to renew the stroke strategy, yet almost half of stroke survivors in Yorkshire and the Humber have said a national plan is needed. That's why we're urging people to sign our petition calling on the Government to bring in a new era for stroke."

Nathan Ridgard spoke to Stray FM's Lisa Darvill:

You can sign the petition for a new stroke strategy at www.stroke.org.uk/newera