Stroke unit treats over 300 patients from Rotherham and Barnsley

A stroke unit has treated more than 300 patients from Rotherham and Barnsley.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 2:58 pm
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 10:54 am

The South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw hyper acute stroke unit care was created in 2017 so patients could be treated at the region's major hospitals.

Since then, 333 Rotherham and Barnsley stroke patients have received their care in Sheffield, Wakefield and Doncaster.

Health officer Jaimie Shepherd says in a report: "Most patients were taken to their closest unit in Sheffield, Doncaster or Wakefield for their urgent stroke care.

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Some stroke patients have been treated at Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Picture Scott Merrylees

"Most Rotherham patients were either taken to Sheffield or Doncaster and most Barnsley patients were taken to either Wakefield or Doncaster.

"They were then either discharged directly home, home with support of community services or transferred back to their local hospital for their ongoing care and in-patient rehabilitation. Some Barnsley patients are being transferred to Kendray Hospital for rehabilitation.

"Stroke teams worked together closely with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to ensure that patients were transferred back to Rotherham or Barnsley after their initial urgent specialist stroke care so their ongoing support was closer to home in a place that best meets their needs."

The report says feedback from patients and their families continues to be positive.

Patients treated at Sheffield had "excellent outcomes" with reduced disabilities and were successfully discharged home to live independently.

There have been some challenges moving patients from Sheffield back to Rotherham. There were five cases where this was delayed, with the longest delay five days. There were no reported delays for Barnsley patients.