PERFORMANCE: The Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust’s specialist stroke service has launched a scheme to treat recovering patients in their own homes.

So far 40 patients have been through the pilot scheme which has been developed with NHS Devon and sees patients treated by specialist nurses.

In a statement released via a trust press release specialist stroke consultant Dr Martin James said the scheme provided specialist nursing care and rehabilitation at the “same level” patients would receive if they were still in hospital, but meant they could leave hospital much sooner and receive therapy in familiar surroundings.

He said: “It has been working well for the first 40 people who have been through the scheme in its first three months, with patients and their families reporting the benefits of treatment in their own homes.

“We hope to be able to extend the scheme to a larger area so that more people with stroke can benefit, so we can prove that when it comes to recovering from the effects of a stroke, there really is no place like home.”

Sheila McAndrew was one of the first Royal Devon and Exeter stroke patients to benefit from this initiative.

Ms McAndrew, aged 81 of Exmouth, said: “When the staff looking after me said I was ready to go home and would receive the same support and attention that I would have had if I was in hospital I had absolute confidence in their judgement. You still feel well looked after when you leave hospital.”