Time is brain – dial 999 for all suspected strokes
There has been a reconfigured stroke service which went live on 1st May and there’s only one number to dial if you suspect someone is having a stroke. It’s 999.
Local people suspected of having a stroke should be taken straight to their nearest hyper acute stroke unit by ambulance to receive the best possible care. These are sited at:
- Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley
- Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading
- St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey
- Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe
While stroke services have been improving for more than 430,000 people living in east Berkshire, a small number of people are still being sent to Wexham Park Hospital, which no longer has an acute stroke unit. However, Wexham has a new stroke rehabilitation unit which cares for patients transferred from Wycombe after 10 days if they still need in-patient care and rehabilitation.
We believe we are improving patients’ health after a stroke, with fast access to clot-busting treatment (thrombolysis) and 24-hour specialist stroke care.
Most patients will go home after hospital treatment, with additional support if they need it. Anyone who needs rehabilitation now receives it at the hospital that is already treating them. People who need rehab, but not in an acute hospital, will generally be cared for at home or sometimes in a community hospital.
Most stroke patients who would previously have gone to the acute stroke unit at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough now go to the hyper acute stroke unit at Wycombe Hospital.
Bracknell and Ascot patients are largely unaffected, as almost seven out of ten were already going to the hyper acute stroke units at Frimley Park Hospital or the Royal Berkshire Hospital
We believe these new arrangements will save lives in the years ahead. They will improve people’s quality of life after a stroke through maximising their chances of remaining independent at home.
While we realise some families and carers may need to travel slightly further to visit their loved ones in a specialist stroke unit, it is important to us that local people receive the best possible care.