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New Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist roles benefit patients in Nelson and Wairau

New Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) at Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora – Nelson Marlborough are playing a pivotal role in providing patients and whānau with the best possible care.

Since the roles were introduced last year, colleagues have been working together to champion high quality stroke care to meet national stroke service standards and best practice guidelines.

Pawandeep Sandhu, Geriatric and Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wairau Hospital says the team is passionate about delivering high-quality care to all patients.

“We identify and review stroke patients, discuss continued care and secondary prevention, and provide education and support for their journey from acute stroke to rehabilitation.

“Collaborating with multiple teams, including medical, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy, helps us to ensure patients and their whānau receive comprehensive care and support. We also work closely with Stroke Foundation New Zealand to ensure continuity of care in the community.

“We are committed to improving the quality of stroke care and patient outcomes.”

Emily May, Community Stroke Advisor in Marlborough and Team Leader for the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand, says Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialists have a high level of knowledge and always go above and beyond to support and care for stroke patients and their whānau.

“They are a very strong advocate for patients, always have their best interests in mind, and care deeply about the continuity of care of stroke patients as they transition back to living in the community. I really appreciate and value the mahi they deliver.”

Tessa La Varis, Physician at Wairau Hospital, says the team is delighted to have the new Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialists on board.

“Our teams are actively building a strong relationship with the Christchurch Acute Stroke Unit and wider Te Waipounamu stroke services to incorporate best practice across our region.

“We look forward to the ongoing development of these important services which continue to benefit those affected by strokes.”

Staff are empowered to manage stroke patients effectively and confidently in various settings through ongoing coaching, training and education.

Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialists work alongside colleagues in the emergency department, acute medicine and Hato Hone St John to deliver their important work.