Posted by Beatrice Liddell at 01/07/2015 10:48:00
Have you or a relative been treated in hospital for stroke, blood clots, aneurysms or circulation-related amputations?
NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, which plans and buys local health services, is reviewing how stroke patients are managed within the vital first 72 hours. We would like to hear from people who have had a stroke, or have experience of a stroke through a loved one, family member or as a carer.
Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK and a major cause of long-term disability. People who have had a stroke need immediate access to a specialist medical team any time of the day or night to boost their chances of survival and enable their recovery.
At the same time, NHS England, which commissions specialist services, is reviewing how artery and vein (vascular) procedures are run in Kent and Medway hospitals and would like to hear from patients and the public willing to share their thoughts and experiences.
Vascular disease can hit anyone but those who smoke, are overweight and have diabetes are more at risk. It is also more common in those in their 60 and 70s, especially men.
It affects veins and arteries and the lymphatic system, which carries white blood cells around the body. The disease can cause blood clots and strokes. Poor blood circulation can also lead to amputations and death.
The review is necessary because the Vascular Society, made up of the country’s leading vascular surgeons, has issued new guidelines to improve the national service.
Kent and Medway patients currently go to two centres for operations: Kent and Canterbury Hospital at Canterbury and Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham. Some go to London hospitals, most commonly Guys and St Thomas.
The Vascular Society is concerned that the surgeons and specialised vascular teams in the Canterbury and Medway centres are not seeing enough patients to allow them to maintain and improve their skills.
There is a series of 10 events being held to hear people’s views on both vascular and stoke services. There may be an opportunity to be part of a focus group later.
Our events are on:
Thursday 9 Julyat the Angel Centre, Angel Lane, Tonbridge, TN9 1SF. Stroke 1.30-3.30pm; vascular 4-5.30pm.
Thursday 16 July at Oakwood House, Oakwood Road, Maidstone, ME16 8AE. Stroke 10am-noon; vascular 12.30-2pm.
To book a place, or to receive more information, email Antonia Knifton email@example.com or call her on 07920 246646.