Belfast Telegraph

Stroke victims losing out on speech therapy

By Michael McHugh

Some stroke survivors in Northern Ireland have not received any speech and language therapy, a professional body has warned.

Their communication needs should be assessed within three days of an attack, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) yesterday urged.

A third of those affected by the debilitating events were not happy with their one-to-one therapy, while almost three-quarters were satisfied with their group sessions, research by Ulster University suggested.

Alison McCullough, head of the Northern Ireland office of the RCSLT, said: "This survey once again demonstrates how crucial speech and language therapy is in supporting the recovery and rehabilitation of stroke survivors who may be having difficulty communicating or swallowing.

"It is worrying to see that some stroke survivors are still not receiving the amount of therapy that they need, with some saying they are not receiving any provision at all."

A stroke happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain.

There are more than 100,000 in the UK each year, around one every five minutes.

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