Nic Dakin MP

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Stroke Statistics Success in Scunthorpe

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I am pleased that after looking into statistics about Scunthorpe General Hospital and their treatment of stroke patients, they are ranked above the national average in terms of being treated to quickly.

61% of patients had a brain scan within one hour after they had entered the hospital, which is much higher than the national average of 48%. Whilst 77% of patients had access to a stroke unit within four hours, in comparison to the national average of 54%.

This is great news for the area, as strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential, because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

I am very happy with the work of Scunthorpe General Hospital regarding this.

However, I think that a bit more could be done for the aftercare of stroke victims.

The NHS has said that ''Around one in every four people who has a stroke will die, and those who do survive are often left with long-term problems resulting from the injury to their brain.

Some people need to have a long period of rehabilitation before they can recover their former independence, while many will never fully recover and will need support adjusting to living with the effects of their stroke.''

Locally, within the North Lincolnshire CCG, we have no stroke specific speech and language therapy or stroke specific six-month reviews.

I think that these would be very helpful additions, especially since this constituency has a higher recording of strokes than the national average.

Speech and language therapists assess people with communication difficulties and help people to overcome and/or adapt to a range of communication problems. They also assess people who have swallowing problems and advise on safe ways to eat and drink.

The six month reviews are also crucial to ensure that support is tailored to the patient, to help maximise the quality of life and help reintegrate into the community.

This highlights how invaluable these aftercare sessions could be in allowing stroke victims to be able to return back to normality and have a good quality of life.

I also hope that the national averages for the statistics concerning the wait for a brain scan can increase, as figures as low as 48% and 54% are really unacceptable.

 

 

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