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Suffolk Alliance awarded contract for specialist stroke service

A partnership of Suffolk health and care providers has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver an early supported discharge service for stroke patients.

The specialist service will provide up to six weeks of intensive stroke rehabilitation in patients’ own homes following their discharge from an acute hospital, in turn helping them to regain their mobility and independence.

It will be provided by the Suffolk Alliance, which is a partnership of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust,  and Suffolk County Council, and supported by a variety of third sector partners.

Gylda Nunn, integrated therapies manager at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for all system partners to work together to deliver joined up, seamless care for the benefit of our patients.”

The contract was awarded following a competitive tendering process and begins on 1 April. The alliance will take responsibility for providing the service from current provider Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

Work is now taking place to make sure the transition between providers runs smoothly so that patients will not notice any change in the care they receive when the new service goes live.

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