Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Service

Supported discharge service – stroke

The Early Supported Discharge teams are located in North Devon District Hospital.  Telephone numbers: 01271 311679 (Barnstaple).  They consist of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, therapy support workers and speech and language therapists. The purpose of the Early Supported Discharge Team is:

  • To enable appropriate stroke patients to return home sooner with specialist stroke therapy delivered at home for up to six weeks.
  • Evidence of functional use aiding rehabilitation
  • Returning to familiar environment
  • This may be with equipment/care to support current needs whilst rehab continues

This may include rehabilitation for:

  • Mobility e.g. transferring, walking.
  • Communication and/or swallowing difficulties.
  • Washing and dressing.
  • Preparing meals /drinks.
  • Accessing the community e.g. going to the shops, bus travel, socialising, attending exercise classes and returning to work.
  • Improving use of your hand/arm.
  • Supporting you to improve your lifestyle and reduce the risk of further strokes.
  • Emotional support.
  • Carer support/ teaching and education of carers

The ESD team help identify meaningful rehabilitation goals with each individual patient.



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Last updated: June 7, 2019