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'Stroke patients waiting too long for speech therapy'

'Stroke patients waiting too long for speech therapy'
5th March 2008

Stroke patients are not receiving the care needed to help them regain speech and language skills, according to a new poll.

More than half of the 500 patients questioned by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists said that they had waited longer than two months for speech and language therapy.

The survey also highlighted that fewer than one in five people who have suffered from a stroke receive therapy in the first month after the incident.

However, the research highlighted that patients found the therapy to be beneficial to their recovery.

More than two thirds of participants revealed that speech therapy enabled them to remain independent, while even more said that it helped them communicate with family and friends more effectively.

According to the Stroke Association, more than 150,000 individuals in the UK suffer from a stroke each year.

Some 250,000 people live with disabilities caused by a stroke.

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