Changes for stroke patients

Stroke patients from Whitby will now be sent to James Cook Hospital for treatment.

Due to a shortage of stroke care consultants at Scarborough Hospital following retirements, patients from Whitby were being assessed there but sent to York for their main treatment.

However, the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby clinical commissioning group felt it was too much for patients requiring emergency care. It has worked with Yorkshire Ambulance Service and South Tees Hospitals on a solution where stroke emergencies will be taken by ambulance to the Middlesbrough hospital for the main acute phase of care.

Specialist rehabilitation afterwards will take place in Redcar before patients are allowed home or to Whitby Hospital.

Whitby GP and CCG chair, Dr George Campbell said: “We are really pleased we have been able to find a simpler solution for emergency stroke care in the Whitby area. Middlesbrough is more accessible for visiting relatives.”

It is hoped all stroke rehabilitation will be provided in Whitby from April 2016.