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New plan for stroke care announced for Cymru

Health Minister Eluned Morgan (Image: Welsh Government)

Health Minister Eluned Morgan has set out a long-term plan for how stroke services will improve in Cymru.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Cymru and can have a significant long-term impact on survivors of stroke. There are currently around 70,000 stroke survivors living in the country, and an estimated 7,400 people experience a stroke each year.

The new quality statement for stroke, which sets out the future vision for stroke services in Cymru, has been developed with the Stroke Implementation Group, which provides guidance to the government, and key stakeholders including the Stroke Association in Cymru.

It outlines how services will change to improve the quality of care and reduce variations in care across Cymru.

The Welsh Government said that by investing in artificial intelligence "we can help support stroke diagnosis, thereby improving patient care, and producing better outcomes".

The Welsh Government's next steps will be to create a delivery plan which will be overseen by Dr Shakeel Ahmad, Cymru's national clinical lead for stroke.

Dr Ahmad will also be supporting health boards to develop a "network of comprehensive stroke centres" that work across boundaries to "improve care from acute treatment to rehabilitation".

Working with relevant organisations and groups is a strong focus of the new plan to address areas such as public health, prevention, rehabilitation, care for those who are critically ill or at end of life, as well as collaboration with other conditions such as cardiovascular, neurological and diabetes.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan, said: “Stroke can change people’s lives in an instant, not just for the person who has had it but for their families also. With the right specialist support people can make a good recovery. As a government we remain committed to improving support for stroke survivors and helping them rebuild their lives.

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