Hyperacute Stroke Unit of Darlington Memorial Hospital Likely to Face Closure

hyperacute-strokeYesterday, the NHS County Durham and Darlington backed a decision insisting on shutting down the Hyperacute Stroke Unit of the Darlington Memorial Hospital. In addition, it also suggests shifting the unit to the premises of the University Hospital of North Durham.

During a PCT board meeting, observed in the Durham Centre, Belmont, Durham City, the Chief Executive of the County Durham and Darlington hospital trust, Stephen Eames said that the implementation of the proposal will enable the authorities to perform efficiently in accordance with the national stroke guidelines for the treatment of suspected stroke patients. Stephen Eames insisted that it will surely 100% results as compared to 65% output.

“Any increase in journey time would be more than offset by a reduction in delay of around 30 minutes because patients at the new unit would have direct admission to the stroke unit”, added the Chairman of the stroke group for PCT, Dr. Mike Lavender. Simultaneously, he insisted that the move will enable the swift assessment by a specialist stroke physician with the help of all ultra modern radiology equipments for the scanning process.

Further, Dr. Lavender claimed to acknowledge a number of people in the southern portion of the country who have raised concern over the huge distance they are supposed to cover in order to avail the needed health services. The expert insisted for easier availability of these services without travelling much, approximately 50 minutes traveling when using a blue-light ambulance. Sources have marked the staff shortage as a possible reason for the closure of the stroke unit.

The Chief Executive of NHS County Durham and Darlington, Yasmin Chaudhry has claimed that the authorities have developed the proposal with a transparent approach along with a focus on public, patients and clinicians.