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Early Supported Discharge (Stroke)

This service offers patients who have had a stroke the opportunity to recover at home, rather than in hospital, receiving therapy from a specialist team.

Our Early Supported Discharge team is made up of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and rehabilitation assistants.

We see patients prior to their discharge from hospital and are involved in the planning for their discharge. Once you are home, we will provide a range of therapeutic interventions, tailored to your needs, to improve your recovery and allow you to achieve your goals towards maintaining maximum independence.

We will work with you to identify your goals, plan how these will be achieved and coach you towards success. We will also offer advice and support to you, your family and/or your carers.

Specialist therapy continues for up to six weeks. Your rehabilitation will be reviewed regularly and, as you make progress, you may be referred to community services for ongoing rehabilitation. If you still need support after your rehabilitation, the appropriate service or agency will be arranged.

Those patients who have more severe symptoms following a stroke may need to receive their rehabilitation at an acute hospital with their follow-on care provided through the community services available. These will be arranged through our teams depending on the patient’s needs.


Download our patient leaflet here


Opening times

Our core team is available from 8:30am until 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, if you need continuing support over the weekend, this can be arranged for you.

The team is integrated within ECCH’s wider community teams, using a single record system, which means we can help you if you have unexpected difficulties. You can access this support through our care coordination team (details below).


Contact us

East Coast Community Access (ECCA): 01493 809977 - our operational hours are 7 days a week, 365 days a year, between 7am-8pm.

If there are any urgent health concerns, please contact the patient’s GP, 111 or in an emergency ring 999.

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