Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Have your say on future of the district's stroke service - West Yorkshire

So contact them and demand that the goals of any stroke department is 100% recovery. Don't let them tell you it is impossible, it may be difficult but leaders tackle difficult jobs. Don't you have leaders in your stroke services? You are going to have to use the comment boxes to tell them what needs to be done but it would be much better to contact them in person.
http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15117304.Have_your_say_on_future_of_the_district__39_s_stroke_service/
HEALTH watchdogs are urging people district wide to have their say over possible cuts to emergency stroke services.
Under massive NHS reorganisation plans the number of sites across West Yorkshire currently providing a critical service in the first 72 hours after a stroke, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, could be potentially reduced from five to three.
Health bosses say no decisions will be made about the future of hyper-acute stroke services until people have shared their views but the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) on how to fill a £1bn funding shortfall by 2020/2021 has said officials do “need to reduce the number of hyper-acute stroke units across West Yorkshire and Harrogate”.
That plan follows a specialist county-wide stroke services ‘blueprint’ published in June 2016 which stated that the five stroke units in West Yorkshire - at the BRI, Calderdale Royal Hospital, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Leeds General Infirmary and Pinderfields Hospital - should be reduced to three or four.
Julie McCann who runs the Stroke Survivors Club at Cafe West in Allerton said: “It would be a really scary loss if Bradford was to lose its unit. Once again they are putting a cost on someone’s life. Time is of the essence when strokes strike, people need urgent care close by not miles way out of district.”
In summer 2015, two hyper acute stroke beds were moved from Airedale General Hospital to the BRI which meant all stroke patients across the district are cared for there in the crucial first 24 to 72 hours after a stroke. Patients from Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are then transferred to Airedale Hospital at Steeton for further care and rehabilitation.
Now the Healthwatch group has been asked as part of the STP to find out what people think about the current stroke services that are already being provided and what would be important to them now and in the future should they have a stroke, or care for someone who has.
A spokesman said: “Healthwatch have been doing some in-depth interviews with people who’ve had recent experience of stroke. We’ve been talking with patients and carers identified through liaison with stroke rehabilitation wards at local hospitals and community stroke services. This work will contribute to the overall report for West Yorkshire and help shape the future of services across the region.”
To have your say go to surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WYStrokeServices

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