Mid Wales

Stroke rehab unit opens at Newtown hospital

A new stroke rehabilitation unit, which is expected to reduce long-term dependence on hospitals, has opened in Powys.

The facility at Newtown hospital will offer physiotherapy and occupational, speech and language therapy.

The Welsh Government said there was compelling evidence that high-quality care, immediately following a stroke, improved a victim's recovery.

The unit, serving north Powys patients, was opened by the health minister.

"Improving the quality of rehabilitation services for stroke patients is a stated commitment of the Welsh Government," said Lesley Griffiths.

David Evans of Powys Local Health Board said the unit would reduce long-term dependence on hospitals, and would help people regain their confidence and independence.

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