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Scarborough MP Reacts to Changes for Stroke Patients

Scarborough MP Reacts to Changes for Stroke Patients

Published by Jon Burke at 6:31am 5th May 2020.

Scarborough's MP has been giving us his reaction to stroke services moving from the town's hospital.

It's after we told you yesterday how anyone showing symptoms from now will be transported to York, Hull, or Middlesbrough.

There are concerns that could put patients' lives at risk, as quick treatment can be vital during what's called the 'Golden Hour'.

But Robert Goodwill says that might not be a problem and the way strokes are treated now is different

He said:

"The Golden Hour is very important and that's why when the paramedics reach your house, they won't just throw you in the back of  the ambulance as quickly as possible and blue light you to Scarborough Hospital, or anywhere else.

The expertise of paramedics means they can monitor you, they can actually talk to doctors at the hospital, they can send such things as heart traces through if you'd had a heart attack."

Robert's been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke..

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Scarborough Hospital, says it's a temporary measure - to ensure patient safety as there's an issue with staffing at the site.





There are 2 comments on this page.

JohnfromScarborough, on 5th May 2020 9:11am
But is there any guarantee that paramedics are available for calls like this? For the past few weeks there have been many interviews on the tv news with ambulance providers who have said they are already working at full capacity due to staff shortages caused by self isolating and dealing with taking Covid patients to hospital. Has this changed? If so, shoudn't the government announce that the ambulance service is now available for things like strokes?
zara, on 5th May 2020 9:46am
Well there is a surprise Goodwill supports what York are doing to the detriment of his own constituents. Luckily i am not one of them, just hoping that Kevin Hollinrake is more concerned with his! (I know but you have to live in hope)

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