Stroke services praised for high quality

Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG) has been awarded provisional accreditation for stroke services across all of its three hospitals in Goole, Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

Grimsby and Scunthorpe provide Level Two stroke services which include acute stroke and thrombolysis (clot busting) services.

Goole provides Level Four stroke services which is stroke rehabilitation.

The accreditation process, which was carried out by a team of independent experts from the Yorkshire and Humber region, recognised the trust’s ability to provide high quality stroke services.

Trust director of operations Angie Smithson said: “I am delighted the Trust has achieved provisional accreditation for stroke services.

“This is a fantastic accolade for all of the staff involved in providing stroke services and shows commitment to continuously improving the quality of services we provide.”

She added: “The Trust is provisionally accredited while it completes work to introduce 24-hour imaging and to extend the hours of the thrombolysis service.

“I would like to thank all the staff involved. We acknowledge there is further work to be done but local patients can rest assured they are receiving high quality stroke services from our hospitals.”

The accreditation team, in its letter to the trust, said: “The team would like to congratulate all concerned for the substantial progress made in developing stroke services in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole and the willingness to go further in making them robust and sustainable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We were able to witness strong leadership and teamwork along with enthusiasm and willingness to learn and improve throughout your services across the patient pathway.”

During the accreditation visit, the panel spoke to several former patients and their families.

One of them, Pam Pickwell, 66, of Althorpe, spent three weeks on the stroke unit at Scunthorpe after suffering a stroke in September 2012.

She said: “The care was amazing. When I came in I couldn’t walk at all. The staff gave me so much encouragement and motivation that they got me back on my feet walking with a frame. Now I am just using a stick.

“The whole team, nurses, doctors, cleaners, everybody have been so nice. They are always so happy and cheerful. I cannot speak highly enough of everyone.”