Act fast for stroke care

Monday 6th February 2017

Act fast for stroke care

People across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire are being reminded to Act FAST if they suspect someone has had a stroke.

Working with the Stroke Association, Public Health England last week relaunched the national campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any one of the symptoms, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.

After calling 999, an ambulance will take patients to a hyper acute stroke unit to be looked after for up to the first 72 hours after their stroke. How these services are provided is currently under review across the region.

Dr Peter Anderton, stroke consultant at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and regional stroke lead for Commissioners Working Together, said:

“Getting appropriate treatment quickly after a stroke reduces the amount of brain damage a patient may have and ultimately improves the chance of making a good recovery, with fewer disabilities.

“We are currently consulting on a proposal to change the way hyper acute stroke care is delivered across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire and I would like to reassure people about the potential impact of these proposals.

“Stroke patients treated with thrombolysis within three hours of having a stroke are 10% more likely to live without disability than patients not treated with thrombolysis. At the moment, depending on where a patient lives in our region, they do not always have access to thrombolysis within the critical time period.

“It is not only vital to call for an ambulance immediately, it is important to be treated at in the right place, with the right staff and with the right skills to improve chances of not only survival but a better recovery following a stroke.

“If our proposals are approved, for some patients in Barnsley and Rotherham, it would mean being treated in a hospital that isn’t their local one for the first 72 hours – but it also means they will receive the high quality, specialist care they need. We have been working with our ambulance service colleagues to make sure all patients would be rapidly transported to their closest hyper acute stroke unit to receive the appropriate treatment, which may include thrombolysis.”

The proposal for the future of hyper acute stroke care, incorporating public feedback, has been developed by Commissioners Working Together, a partnership of the region’s NHS clinical commissioning groups and NHS England to improve services across South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.

People living in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield are reminded to share their views before the consultation closes on Tuesday 14 February – alongside another consultation looking at the future of some children’s surgery and anaesthesia services in the same region.

Find out more about the proposals and have your say.

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