Push for life saving Bunbury Hospital stroke unit

first_imgPush for life saving Bunbury Hospital stroke unit Stroke Foundation is urging the next Western Australia state government to invest in a stroke unit at Bunbury Regional Hospital to save lives and improve outcomes from stroke.A dedicated stroke unit at the new hospital is one of three key actions in Stroke Foundation’s Western Australia Election Platform Step up for stroke. These actions would strengthen the state’s treatment, care and prevention measures, by building on the recent expansion of the WA Telestroke Service and targeted community education. Stroke Foundation Western Australia State Manager Luke Hays said stroke strikes the brain and can change lives in an instant.“More than 2700 Western Australians will experience a stroke for the first time this year, many of these strokes will be experienced by residents in the state’s South West,” Mr Hays said.“Each year Bunbury Regional Hospital admits more than 100 stroke patients, yet the hospital does not currently have the specialist focus and expertise to deliver the stroke treatment and care we know improves outcomes.“A local stroke unit makes sense, it would reduce unnecessary transfers, speed up treatment and improve care, ensuring our health system is more efficient and sustainable.”Busselton resident Rodney Oates had a stroke in 2016. Following the stroke, Rodney was taken to Bunbury Regional Hospital. The local hospital did not have the facilities or expertise to diagnose and treat his stroke. Rodney was then transferred to Perth. It was two days before Rodney’s stroke was finally diagnosed.Time is critical when treating stroke. When a stroke strikes it kills up to 1.9 million brain cells per minute, but treatments can stop this damage.Rodney said I had to relearn to walk and talk, and despite intensive rehabilitation I have not regained the use of my right arm.“As a result, I’m no longer able to work and we had to make the heart-breaking decision to sell our farm and move to Busselton to focus on my rehab.“People living in the South West, like me, shouldn’t miss out on the highest quality stroke treatment just because of where they live.”Stroke Foundation’s Western Australia Election Platform Step up for stroke proposed these key actions to help Western Australians avoid, survive and thrive after stroke:Continue and expand the successful F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, and Time) Community Education Program supporting the WA Telestroke Service.StrokeLink – Using data and expertise to drive better health care for all Western Australians.Stroke unit at Bunbury Regional Hospital.Mr Hays applauded the rapid response from the current Western Australian Government to addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and encouraged the lessons from this experience to be applied to chronic disease more broadly.“Decisive action in preventing the spread of the virus demonstrates the value in prevention, early detection and intervention. These strategies can and should be applied to other health issues,” he said.“We have an opportunity to take the next step forward. All Western Australians deserve an equitable opportunity to survive and live well after stroke”.Image: Survivor of stroke Rodney Oates and his wife Kelly support the push for a stroke unit at Bunbury hospital. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Bunbury, Busselton, chronic disease, coronavirus, early detection, education, Government, health, Perth, prevention, stroke, Stroke Foundation, sustainable, WA, Western Australialast_img read more