Only 15% of patients have access to a community neuro-rehabilitation team. The National Strategy for Neuro-Rehabilitation states that 9 teams are required, but only 2 have been delivered. Everyone deserves access to a community neuro-rehabilitation team.
According to the HSE, there should be one community neuro-rehabilitation team in each Community Health Organisation, of which there are 9 in Ireland (CHO1 – 9). CHOs ensure that care is provided as close as possible to people’s homes. Each CHO includes a number of different counties.
Please take this opportunity to contact the Oireachtas members that represent constituents in your local CHO area. Patients deserve better. Take action now.
Community neuro-rehabilitation is a vital support for people living with neurological conditions, helping to support recovery and prevent disability. However, only 15% of people have access to community neuro-rehabilitation teams. People living in Tipperary South don’t have access to a community neuro-rehabilitation team, but those in Tipperary North do. I request that you support people living with neurological conditions, their families and carers, by asking the Minister for Health to set up a community neuro-rehabilitation team in CHO5.
The vital importance of community rehabilitation teams is recognised by the health system. A team was promised for every CHO area but only two of the nine have been delivered. For people living with acquired conditions such as stroke and brain injury these teams allow them to leave hospitals more quickly to continue their recovery at home, reducing the need for longer term care while receiving necessary care close to where they live. For people living with progressive conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease access to these teams can help prevent unnecessary disability and hospital readmissions.
Putting in place community neuro-rehabilitation teams makes sense. These teams reduce the average length of stay in hospital and could result in saving over 42,000 bed days each year. It also makes financial sense, for every €1 spend on these teams the health service saves €11.
Please support those living with a neurological condition in your constituency by calling for a community neuro-rehabilitation team to be set up in CHO5. These teams provide vital services that result in better outcomes, improved physical and psychological wellbeing and greater independence.
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Mr Alan Kelly, Tipperary, TD
Mr Jackie Cahill, Tipperary, TD
Mr Martin Browne, Tipperary, TD
Mr Mattie McGrath, Tipperary, TD
Mr Michael Lowry, Tipperary, TD
Mr Garret Ahearn, Tipperary, Senator