Newshub.co.nz (external link) - A pilot scheme is getting stroke patients out of hospital and back into their homes faster.
Instead of spending time in a rehabilitation ward, specialist teams in Waitematā are going mobile.
After suffering a stroke in May, John Rennie could barely hold a pen.
"Speech was a little slurred initially… [I] couldn't hold a knife and fork, couldn't feed myself properly with my right hand, couldn't walk properly, I had to have a walker in hospital to get anywhere," he says.
But he was out of hospital in a week as part of a pilot that sees a team of specialists come to him with intensive rehabilitation at home.
Clinical director of Geriatric Medicine at Waitematā DHB, John Scott, says the idea is to give....read more >> (external link)