Senator Maura Hopkins last week brought together stroke survivors and their families and advocates along with members of the Irish Heart Foundation to Leinster House in order to lobby the government for better stroke services.
People who are living with the consequences of a stroke passionately spoke about the need for more rehabilitation services and long-term support to help them have a better quality of life.
It was noted on the day that the incidence of stroke in Ireland is rising by about 350 extra cases every year, and that there is a severe shortage of stroke unit beds to accommodate patients, and of the specialist nursing, therapy and medical staff needed to care for them.
Around 250 extra therapists are needed as well as additional stroke specialists and community rehabilitation teams.
Speaking after the meeting, Senator Maura Hopkins said “the planned rehabilitation unit at Roscommon Hospital will be very important for people following stroke. We know from research that people who have access to specialist and timely rehabilitation improve the most. A project team has now been appointed to progress this project.”
Senator Hopkins said she will continue to work with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris and the Irish Heart Foundation on this issue.