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22 November 2021  

Public consultation about hyper-acute stroke services gets underway

The NHS in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and West Lancashire has launched a 12-week public consultation about the proposal to establish a Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Aintree University Hospital.

The proposal aims to improve hyper-acute stroke services, which is the hospital care provided in the 72-hour period immediately after someone has a stroke.

Currently, there are hyper-acute stroke services at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Aintree University Hospital, and Southport Hospital. But with local expertise and resources spread across three sites, it can be difficult to ensure that patients get equitable access to the specialist staff, tests, equipment and procedures they need - especially in the critical three days following a stroke.

Local clinicians have developed this proposal for a single, Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Aintree University Hospital. This would bring together local hyper-acute services on the same site as The Walton Centre, which provides a specialist stroke treatment called thrombectomy.  

If the changes went ahead, it would mean that in the future all suspected stroke patients would be taken to Aintree Hospital for the first 72-hours of stroke care – even those who may have previously been treated at the Royal Liverpool Hospital or Southport Hospital.

Afterwards, up to half of patients would leave hospital to continue their recovery in their own homes with an early supported discharge team. Those not ready for discharge, would transfer one of three acute stroke rehabilitation units at either Aintree, Broadgreen, or Southport hospitals to continue their recovery.

Dr Claire Cullen, Stroke Consultant, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust explains:

“We want to give people the best chance of accessing specialist treatments for stroke, as soon as possible within that critical 72-hour window – and that’s what this proposal is all about.

“Many of us know that acting fast is extremely important when it comes to stroke – but this doesn’t just mean getting someone to the nearest hospital; it’s important that they are seen by specialist stroke staff who can provide a diagnosis and make decisions about the best treatment for that individual.

“As well as increasing the use of clot-busting and clot-removing treatments for patients, we also believe that bringing local services together would increase the number of patients who are treated on a specialist stroke ward – all of which can make a massive difference to patient outcomes.”

The proposal does not involve any reduction in the amount of NHS funding spent on stroke care locally – in fact, it would see an increase in investment. This includes an additional one-off investment of £4m to develop the new Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Aintree Hospital, and an extra £1.9m invested into running the service year on year.

Dr Paddy McDonald, Stroke Consultant, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust said:

These proposals have been developed by the people who care for stroke patients every day, and really understand what a long-term difference quick diagnosis and treatment can make to people who have experienced a stroke.

“Some journeys to hospital would take longer but in return for quicker, more joined up care once you arrive with a better outcome for each patient.

“This is an approach that we know has already been shown to improve care for stroke patients in other parts of the country, and we believe that our local population should also have access to the very best quality of care.”  

The public can find out more about the proposals for improving hyper-acute stroke services and share their views between 22 November 2021 and 14 February 2022.

Further information and an online questionnaire are available at: www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk/stroke

Those who would prefer to talk through their feedback, can also call (0151) 247 6406 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm). People can also use this number to request a paper version of the questionnaire, or information in a different language or format. They can also do this by texting: 07920 206 386 or emailing: csc.consultation@nhs.net

There will also be some public events taking place online which will provide an opportunity to hear about the changes in more detail from clinicians, and chance to give feedback as part of a small focus group.  

These sessions will be taking place on:

  • Tuesday 7th December, 1.00pm-3.00pm
  • Thursday 9th December, 6.00pm-8.00pm

People can sign up to take part in one of these sessions at: www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk/stroke

The public consultation is being managed by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), on behalf of five local CCGs – Knowsley, Liverpool, Southport & Formby, South Sefton, and West Lancashire.

The proposals have been developed by clinicians from the three local NHS Trusts currently involved with providing stroke care for these areas - Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information about this public consultation, please visit: www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk/stroke

 Media Contact: Anna Kettle, Snr Communications & Engagement Manager, NHS Liverpool CCG, tel: 0151 295 3540, email: anna.kettle@liverpoolccg.nhs.uk

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18 October 2021 NHS

A NEW health and wellbeing site in The Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale will host COVID-19 vaccinations for West Lancashire residents starting this week (Wednesday 20 October).

GP practices in Skelmersdale are working alongside Aspire Pharmacy to deliver vaccinations in a new, accessible location in the heart of Skelmersdale.

Residents will be able to book their first, second or booster jabs for the site via the National Booking System or be invited via their GP. The new site will also offer some walk-ins subject to availability.

Second vaccines should be at least eight weeks after a first, and boosters are currently available for people in cohorts 1-9 where the second dose was delivered at least six months ago. To check your availability, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

The health and wellbeing hub will offer a range of health services for Skelmersdale residents, with full details to be communicated in the coming weeks.

 r Rakesh Jaidka, clinical lead for the Skelmersdale Primary Care Network, said: “Opening a site within the popular Concourse Shopping Centre will make it easier than ever for Skelmersdale’s residents to access a life-saving COVID-19 vaccine.

“The latest figures show uptake in Skelmersdale is lower than the rest of West Lancashire and we are urging people who has not yet had theirs, or is overdue a second or booster dose, to come forward.

“Vaccinations have substantially reduced the risk of severe illness in the UK, and it helps protect you and your loved ones from the virus. Although restrictions have eased over the last few months, we are still in a global pandemic and virus transmission remains prevalent across the country.

“If you have any concerns related to the vaccine, please seek advice from a healthcare professional. Drop into the centre during opening hours to speak with our friendly team of nurses, who would be pleased to discuss any questions you may have.”

The new site will be open seven days a week between 9am-5pm on Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays. Please note these times are subject to change.

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Walk in Centre

The Concourse, Skelmersdale. Tel: 01695 588640

Monday to Friday | 7 am -  10 pm    Weekends/Bank Holidays | 9 am to 5 pm
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The COVID-19 situation in West Lancs

Please visit https://www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/  or

http://www.wlcvs.org/community-champions-information/ for the latest information.

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West Lancashire Health Centre

MINOR INJURY CLINIC,

Ormskirk Hospital. Tel 01695 588 800
Includes Xray.The Centre is open 8am - 10pm seven days a week.
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