Analysis

Northern Ireland looks to consolidate stroke care into hyper acute units

Proposed stroke care models to offer 24/7 expert care and career development for nurses
Stroke

Proposed stroke care models to offer 24/7 expert care and boost career development opportunities for nurses

  • NI stroke services to adopt hyper acute model as pioneered in London and Manchester
  • Consolidated services will offer ongoing expert care, including thrombolysis and thrombectomies
  • The hyper acute units will offer opportunities and career development for nurses

Northern Ireland has become the latest UK country to look at redesigning its stroke services.

Eight hospital sites provide stroke services, but health department permanent secretary Richard Pengelly says this has left services spread too thinly.

Proposals put forward by the NI Department of Health suggest there should be between three and five hyper acute stroke units operating by 2022.

Mr Pengelly says the creation of hyper acute units will mean expert care can be made available 24/7, calling it a

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