We need you to share your thoughts on proposals to change hyper acute stroke services in our region. Patients use hyper acute stroke services for treatment and care for up to 72 hours after having a stroke.
Commissioners Working Together have developed the proposals. They are a partnership of our region’s NHS clinical commissioning groups and NHS England. Their role is to improve services across South and Mid Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.
Read more about the background to these proposals in our previous news article.
Why do we need to change hyper acute stroke services?
Depending on where in the region you live, some patients have better experiences and access to services than others. Doctors, nurses and healthcare experts all agree this shouldn’t happen so have come together to change it.
Professor Graham Venables, former consultant neurologist and clinical advisor to Commissioners Working Together, said:
“By changing the way you receive care after having a stroke, we can make our services safer and of a higher quality whilst also reducing your chances of living with a disability afterwards.
“At the moment, some of our stroke teams don’t treat as many patients as teams in other hospitals, meaning they have fewer opportunities to develop their skills and introduce new treatments – which could mean that in the future, some of our patients may not get the best care they deserve should they have a stroke. This, combined with a national shortage of specialist staff, means we need to act now and use our staff and facilities in a different way to make sure that everyone in our region has access to the best services and fast treatments after having a stroke.
“For some patients in Barnsley and Rotherham, this may mean being treated in a hospital that isn’t their local one for the first 72 hours – but it also means they will receive high quality specialist care and we have been working with our ambulance service colleagues to make sure that all patients will be taken to their next nearest hyper acute stroke service unit within the critical time of 45 minutes.
“After the first 72 hours of care, or sooner if medically possible, you will be transferred to your local stroke ward for the remainder of your care. Rehabilitation services, such as speech and language, physio and occupational therapies which help you get better once you’ve gone home from hospital, will also remain closer to where you live.”
How to join in the consultation
We invite members of the public to share their views on proposals for the future of these services. If you live in Barnsley we really want to hear from you.
The public consultation is open between Monday 3 October 2016 and Friday 20 January 2017. We expect a final decision from clinical commissioners in February.
During the consultation period there will be public meetings to discuss the proposals. Visit www.smybndccgs.nhs.uk or call 0114 305 4487 for more information.
Download the full Hyper Acute Stroke Services Consultation pack. It contains a feedback form which you can print and post to Commissioners Working Together at their Freepost address.