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Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ stroke service one of the best in the country for stroke care

Sherwood Forest Hospitals has been named as one of the best in the country and top in the East Midlands for recognising and treating patients who have had a stroke.

The Trust now has the second highest score in the country out of 140 Trusts, after being given an A rating by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) for the way it handles patients suspected of having a stroke.

The audit is carried out quarterly and this is the third increase in performance for the team. The team comprises of; stroke consultants, thrombolysis nurses, stroke nurse specialists, ward nurses, ward doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, clinical audit assistants, emergency department staff, early supported discharge, members of the discharge team, radiographers, clinical pharmacy, dieticians and East Midlands Ambulance Service, all of whom are among the best when it comes to assessing potential stroke patients and ensuring they receive swift and appropriate treatment and follow-on therapy.

Clinical Lead for Stroke, Consultant Martin Cooper said: “We are really pleased that our patients are receiving some of the best stroke care in the East Midlands. This is all thanks to the dedication of the team here, who have all worked really hard to get us to this level and they should be really proud.”

Local resident Keith Scutt 62, from Blidworth was a patient on the stroke ward in July this year. He went home just three days after his stroke thanks to the Early Supported Discharge Team. He said: “The team were brilliant, everyone got involved with my care and made sure that there was support for me to go home as soon as I felt ready to.”

Talking about when he first noticed that he might be having a stroke, Keith said: “I had been going to my GP to get the dressings changed on a wound and whilst in the waiting area I had been reading about recognising the signs of stroke and the FAST message (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services). I remembered this when my symptoms first came on and knew I needed to act quickly, so I called my son-in-law who is a First Responder for the Fire Service. He called for an ambulance straight away and I was rushed in to King’s Mill. It’s all a bit of a blur, but I remember getting seen very quickly by the team and having a CT scan, so I knew I had a better chance of recovery thanks to the fast actions of my son-in-law and the stroke team.”

After being discharged from hospital Keith then had the full support of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Early Discharge Team, he added: “The aftercare from the team was brilliant, they came to my house for six weeks and provided cognitive tests for me to do along with practical tasks to help me get about and get my confidence back. It really helped, and I have now returned to work and feel like I have made real progress. I can’t thank them enough.”

Keith’s Son-in-Law, Martin Wilford, who works for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue and is a trained First Responder added: “I could tell from the phone call that Keith was experiencing problems with his speech, so I dashed to his house and did some quick FAST tests and then made the 999 call. We were lucky that he called me, as we could pinpoint the time that it happened and we were able to get Keith the help he needed as quickly as possible.”