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Stroke Coffee Morning goes down a treat

20 May 2013

Local Councillors, including the Deputy Mayor of Hounslow, and MP Mary Macleod joined patients, staff, and community groups at West Middlesex University Hospital to discuss further improvements to its Stroke Unit.

Local Councillors, including the Deputy Mayor of Hounslow, and MP Mary Macleod joined patients, staff, and community groups at West Middlesex University Hospital to discuss further improvements to its Stroke Unit.

The event on 17 May was hosted by stroke specialist nurseAhlam Wynnein the hospital’s Education Centre, to invite feedback and ideas to keep the service moving forward.

Corinna Smart, Deputy Mayor of Hounslow, said: “Hounslow residents are very fortunate to have such a well regarded dedicated stroke unit on their doorstep,  run by a specialist team. I enjoyed chatting to some former patients at the event, and hearing about their experiences recovering from a stroke. I hope the hospital continues to move its service forward so it continues to meet the needs of Hounslow. ”

The Stroke Unit provides acute care for patients until they are suitable for discharge home or further rehabilitation care in an alternative setting, including specialist rehabilitation services in the community.

A multidisciplinary team works together to care for stroke patients at the hospital and with the local Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at Charing Cross Hospital.

The Stroke Unit was congratulated for its ‘significant achievements’ and ‘excellent standard of care’ following another successful external assessment last year. The North West London CardioVascular and Stroke Network and NHS North West London carried out the assessment to see if our Stroke Unit was meeting their criteria for patient care and future funding.

Mary Macleod, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, said: “I was delighted to be invited to the annual stroke coffee morning at West Middlesex University Hospital. It was clear that patients hugely benefit from the chance to share their experiences, and staff are able to get some real feedback as to how they are finding treatment. This is a really important service to stroke patients who often have a long and difficult recovery.”