Patients reassured over stroke service move to Aintree

Patients reassured over stroke service move to Aintree

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

CONCERNED residents have been reassured that a “high quality stroke service” will remain at Southport Hospital, despite plans to send stroke patients to a new facility in Aintree.

The planned £4million ‘Comprehensive Stroke  Centre’ at Aintree University Hospital will receive patients from Sefton and West Lancashire who have suffered a stroke so they can receive ‘hyper-acute stroke care’ in the immediate 72-hours after a stroke happens.

Following the initial care, patients will then move to the ‘acute stroke ward’ at Southport Hospital, or go home to continue their recovery journey.

Southport MP Damien Moore met with hospital bosses after a number of his constituents contacted him about the prospect of being driven 30 minutes away to Aintree Hospital rather than Southport Hospital.

Mr Moore was told that an ‘acute stroke service’ would remain at Southport Hospital, working alongside the ‘hyper-acute stroke service’ to be offered in Aintree.

Mr Moore told the Champion: “I am grateful to Southport Hospital for clarifying to me and to Southport residents that our hospital will retain an acute stroke service, working in tandem with a £4million Comprehensive Stroke Service for hyper-acute care also being developed at Aintree Hospital.

“This new model has been tried and tested in Cheshire and Merseyside, and has led to improved outcomes for patients.

“I want to ensure that Southport residents get the best care possible, and am confident that these improvements to stroke services will enable them to do so, while still being looked after in Southport Hospital.

“I will always be a strong champion for high-quality local healthcare for our town’s residents.”

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