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Changes to stroke services in Craven and Wharfedale

Changes to stroke services in Craven and Wharfedale

Published at 8:03am 12th July 2015. (Updated at 9:45am 6th August 2015)

Clinical leaders in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are encouraging people to have their say on plans to improve local stroke services.

As part of the changes, the existing hyper acute stroke unit (HASU) at Airedale General Hospital will move to Bradford Royal Infirmary to create a single unit for the whole district.

The NHS says the plans will ensure that anyone who has a stroke receives consistent and safe care.

The existing stroke unit at Airedale General Hospital will remain as an acute stroke care and rehabilitation unit - 90% of the services it provides will be unaffected by this decision - and the two HASU 'emergency' beds will be transferred to Bradford Royal Infirmary.

As soon as patients have been stabilised by the team in Bradford, usually within 48 to 72 hours, those from the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven areas will be transferred to Airedale for their ongoing acute stroke care and rehabilitation.

Dr Phil Pue, Chief Clinical Officer at Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We recognise that our plans will have a direct impact on patients who will need to travel a further distance to receive their HASU care and, potentially, on those already receiving or likely to receive care at Bradford Royal Infirmary. So we want to hear from as many people as possible who will be affected by this change.

"During the engagement period, we will explain clearly why the service has to change and what impact this will have on the general public and on stroke patients and their families."

Dr Andy Withers, Clinical Chair of Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Group, added: "Local people's views will enable us to understand what is important to them when accessing stroke services and how the changes will impact on their lives, and to identify any issues we have not considered and potential service improvements that should be discussed.

"All the information we receive will be published in a report explaining how we will respond, through the new service, to people's concerns and comments."

More information at www.airedalewharfedalecravenccg.nhs.uk