The Stroke Unit Team led by Dr Paul Findlay is always looking for ways to provide improved and innovative stroke care for the patients, their families and carers. They will be using the open day to show the public some of the work and issues that they have addressed. Dr Paul Findlay said:
“It is a great opportunity for us to show just what we are doing to improve care for patients and those around them. We will have demonstrations of how using a Nintendo Wii can help with rehabilitation and will also be launching our driving protocol, a Highland wide tool which gives advice to health professionals about driving following a stroke.
The day will also see the official opening of our new clinic room by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Chief Executive, David Clark. This will be used for rapid treatment for patients who have come in with a minor stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA, commonly referred to as a mini stroke).”
Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland will also be in attendance and will have their latest materials with them, including how to manage swallowing difficulties and how we deal with it, and information for those living and dealing with communication difficulties.
Linda Campbell, Stroke Coordinator for NHS Highland, added:
“In 2007 there were over 600 patients treated for stroke illness in the Stroke Unit and the Rapid Access Neurovascular Clinic. Currently in Highland we have 2000 people who are living with a stroke disability. The open day will show what treatment and support is available for them, as well as their family and/or carers.”
The Open Day starts at 13.30 on the 10th September with the official opening of the new clinic room. Editors are invited to send journalists and photographers, please report to the main reception of the Stroke Unit, Ward 2A (2nd floor), Raigmore Hospital at 13.25.
Raigmore Hospital’s Stroke Unit opened in the Summer of 2005. The Unit provides acute and rehabilitative therapy for those who have had a stroke from across Highland and since its innovation there has been considerable improvement in stroke outcomes.