Help shape future of stroke services

Stroke services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire could be set to change as part of a consultation on proposed improvements.

Stroke can affect anyone at any age at any time. It is a life threatening condition and the fourth biggest killer in the UK. 1 in 8 people who have a stroke die within a month. 1 in 4 die within a year.

The proposals include the creation of a specialist emergency stroke unit at Southmead Hospital which would provide expert emergency treatment for everyone in the area.

Changes to ongoing hospital care are included, with the creation of either one, or two specialist stroke units at Southmead Hospital and The Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Two inpatient stroke rehab units are also being put forward – one on the Weston General Hospital site, and a second in either Bristol or South Gloucestershire.

A public consultation on the proposals will be running until 3 September.

To find out more about the proposals and have your say, visit bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/stroke-services/, call on 0117 900 3432 or write to freepost STROKE CONSULTATION (you won’t need a stamp).

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