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Tablets and apps paid for by Sheffield Hospitals Charity are helping to revolutionise the care of city stroke patients with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Funds raised by supporters of the charity has paid for four iPads which are being used by specialists at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ Stroke service to provide bespoke support for patients who have speech, language and swallowing difficulties after a stroke.
The devices are pre-loaded with a range of therapy apps and have been overwhelmingly welcomed by patients and their families, who rate the apps as having a big impact on their care three months after they were first introduced.
Jenni Crisp and Jo Burke, Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, have developed the service. Jenni said: “The iPads help us to provide therapy for patients with a range of difficulties after strokes, including aphasia (language difficulties), dysarthria (unclear speech), and dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).
“We are currently using between thirty and forty apps, for two separate purposes. Some inform and educate, helping patients and their family members understand stroke and the communication and swallowing difficulties that are associated with it. We are finding that this information is very helpful.