Extra stroke care funding at Great Yarmouth and Waveney

A £380,000 package of extra resources has been earmarked for providing better care for people who have had a stroke in parts of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Great Yarmouth and Waveney NHS is spending £180,000 on extra beds and faster screening for patients at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

It is also spending £200,000 on teams to help with the rehabilitation of patients following a stroke.

The new teams aim to be in place by the summer.

'Get better quicker'

Dr Jamie Wyllie, medical director for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: "About £80,000 of the funding has been spent on relocating the ward within the hospital so there is a bigger dedicated stroke unit for patients. Ten extra beds are now available, increasing from 24 to 34.

"In 2008/09 we invested £600,000 to improve stroke services and we are building on this investment.

"We know that patients who are treated while on a stroke ward get better quicker.

"This extra investment will help transform the experience for patients who suffer a stroke and have to go to hospital."

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