No Access to Physiotherapy and OT Following Stroke in the UK


U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan (Apr. 9, ...

U.S. Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Japan (Apr. 9, 2003) -- Navy Occupational Therapist Lt. Maria Barefield (right) provides hand care for a family member in the Physical Therapy Department . Therapists are celebrating Occupational Therapy Month in Apr. Barefield and other healthcare professionals provide medical services to the forward-deployed U.S. Seventh Fleet and beneficiaries who support the Fleet throughout mainland Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Tom Watanabe. (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No access to Physiotherapy and occupational therapy following stroke in the UK

A major review from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the independent regulator of health and social care in England today stated that stroke patients in the UK “face a postcode lottery” which determines their access to rehabilitation services with some areas having little or no access to stroke specialist community-based rehabilitation .

The report further states that only two thirds of primary care trusts (the NHS bodies responsible for buying services from healthcare providers) commissioned specialist stroke physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
This has recently been confirmed by the mother of the many Cerebral Palsy patients using the HandTutor system. Her son has been waiting for over two years for an appointment to see an NHS occupational therapist. In the end she was forced to engage a private occupational therapist at a cost of £150 per session.

The HandTutor and ArmTutor is a motivating physical therapy product that consists of a dedicated arm and hand biofeedback rehabilitation system. The HandTutor enables patients to undertake intensive exercise practice which is proven to improve functional movement ability and is the mainstay of physical rehabilitation. The HandTutor physical therapy solution is used by rehabilitation clinic, private community physical and occupational therapists as well as home care patients. Home care patients have the option of remote motivating tele-rehabilitation support.


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