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Stroke service extended

Posted onPosted on 31st Jul
Stroke service extended

Patients will be able to access stroke services at King’s Mill Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the beginning of August.

The Stroke Partnership of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will extend access to thrombolysis, the clot busting treatment for stroke, at King’s Mill Hospital from Monday, 4th August.

Currently the service at King’s Mill Hospital operates from 8am on Monday through until 6pm on Friday. Patients requiring treatment outside these times are transferred by ambulance to Nottingham City Hospital.

Dr Martin Cooper, Head of Service for Stroke at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, said: “This is great news for patients and their families. The service will be provided by doctors from both Trusts and a dedicated team of staff who are highly skilled in all aspects of stroke care.

“The use of telemedicine technology will allow doctors to talk to patients, watch the clinical examination and deliver the medical support required to facilitate thrombolysis, supporting an experienced team working at the patient’s bedside.”

The extended service at King’s Mill Hospital will be delivered in addition to the 24/7 service already provided by Nottingham University Hospitals on the City Hospital Campus.

Paul Jagus, from Warsop, has been on the receiving end of stroke treatment at Nottingham City Hospital and King’s Mill Hospital. The 62 year old said: “When I had my first stroke three years ago I was taken to Nottingham City Hospital. The treatment was very good, but it took a long time to get there.

“When I had my second stroke in June I was taken to King’s Mill Hospital. The stroke team were waiting for me and they didn’t waste any time in getting me treated. They were brilliant and less than a week later I was back at work. I put this down to the quicker treatment.

“It is great that stroke services will be available 24/7 at the hospital. If I was unfortunate enough to have another stroke it is good to know that this service is closer to home. This is bound to benefit stroke patients in the area.”