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Offer stroke patients three hours a day of rehab, NHS urged

Stroke patients should be offered extra rehabilitation on the NHS, say updated guidelines for England and Wales.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) had previously recommended 45 minutes a day.

But it believes some patients may need more intensive therapy for recovery and is suggesting three hours a day, five days a week.

Experts welcome the advice, but question how feasible it will be for a stretched health service to deliver.

NICE accepts it may be "challenging", but it says patients and families deserve the best care possible. That includes help regaining speech, movement and other functions caused by the damage that happens to the brain during a stroke.

NHS England has said increasing the availability of high quality rehabilitation is a priority. More people than ever are surviving a stroke thanks to improvements in NHS care, it added.

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Source: BBC News,18 October 2023


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