– Madam Speaker, patients in rural Prince Edward Island now have better access to enhanced stroke services.
– A new tele-stroke pilot program means patients from East Prince no longer need to travel to Charlottetown to receive specialized stroke consultations, such as rehabilitation consults or follow ups.
– Instead, an appointment will be scheduled for them at Prince County Hospital where they will consult with a team of stroke specialists at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital via videoconferencing.
– This will reduce the amount of travel for stroke patients, leaving them more time to focus on getting well.
– Madam Speaker, stroke is one of the leading causes of death on Prince Edward Island. And with our changing demographics, the incidence of stroke could rise.
– Our government recognizes the physical and emotional impact of stroke on Island families.
– That’s why we’ve established an Organized Stroke Care model focused on early detection and timely access to treatment.
– We also have programs to help Islanders better manage their chronic conditions.
– Within all of our measures, our goal is to reduce the incidence of stroke in PEI and improve the recovery and quality of life for stroke survivors.
– I’m pleased to report that early results have shown positive impacts, including:
Decrease in length of stay in hospital for acute stroke care;
Decrease in length of stay in hospital for stroke rehabilitation;
Strong partnerships with other healthcare services; and
Patients reporting that they are satisfied with stroke-related care they receive.
– Madam Speaker, today’s announcement builds on these achievements and further strengthens the care Islanders in rural regions of our province.
– I look forward to working with our healthcare providers to continue to ensure Islanders have timely access to stroke services. Thank you.