Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South, has visited Nottingham University Hospital to learn about a new patient pathway being developed for stroke patients.
The NUH Stroke Service consists of a 16 bed hyper-acute admissions unit, 3 rehabilitation wards and a community stroke out-reach team, all of which are based on the city campus. Patients are seen by a multi-disciplinary team which consists of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, stroke nurses, stroke consultants, medical staff and discharge co-ordinators.
The stroke service at NUH is recognised as one of the leading stroke centres in
the UK and is currently re-developing its patient pathway to help further improve the service, and staff were eager to show Lilian the progress being made.
Meeting the Multi-Disciplinary Team, Lilian was first given an overview of stoke services by senior nurse Tony Till and project manager Jaime Squire, and then taken out onto the wards to see for herself the work being done.
Out on the wards, Lilian met senior consultant Dr Wayne Sunman who demonstrated a new video system that enables consultants to make a diagnosis remotely. She then met patients who had recently been admitted and talked about their experience.
Lilian was then shown the rehabilitation ward and met the team responsible for planning patient discharges and ongoing care.
After the visit Lilian said:
“The stroke services team at NUH provide phenomenal care and treatment to patients using the service. What struck me more than anything was the enthusiasm amongst staff to improve things further by developing a pathway which considers every stage of a patient’s care.
“Unfortunately the number of people being admitted for strokes is on the increase and for those who suffer permanent disability it’s a life changing event. However, I’ve seen the difference that a multi-disciplinary approach makes to patients lives. In many cases, a person who has suffered a stroke will be struggling to come to terms with it, but the team at NUH work closely with patients, carers and the community to ensure that stroke patients return home with care services and adaptations already in place.”