Plans to increase beds in Louth’s stroke unit

THERE are plans to increase the capacity of the Stroke Unit at Louth County Hospital to eight beds by the end of February and to open a ten bed acute stroke dedicated unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

THERE are plans to increase the capacity of the Stroke Unit at Louth County Hospital to eight beds by the end of February and to open a ten bed acute stroke dedicated unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda.

In August 2010, a six bed Stroke Rehabilitation Unit opened in the Louth County Hospital. The unit is staffed by a highly skilled multidisciplinary team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Speech and Language Therapist, Dietitian and Care Assistants.

To date all patients who have undergone rehabilitation have been discharged to their own home and no patients have required long term nursing home care. Patients are referred for rehabilitation from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

The work of the Louth/Meath Stroke Project Group was presented at a recent HSE North East ‘A Team Approach to Stroke Care’ Conference for staff from across all disciplines.

The delegates were presented with the most up-to-date advances in stroke prevention, management and care by a panel of multidisciplinary experts. Ms Catriona Crowley, HSE Transformation Project Director in the North East presented the work to date of the Louth/Meath Stroke Project Group.

Distinguished speakers included Professor David Williams who is the Lead Stroke Physician in Beaumont Hospital. Professor Williams and Dr Olwyn Lynch, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician for Louth/Meath are both regional leads for stroke services in the North East and are members of the working group on the National Stroke Programme.

The Louth/Meath Stroke Project Group, who organised the conference, were commended for their expediency of their work by many of the experts and stroke services in the North East were considered to be on par if not ahead of many other similar centres in the country.

Many of the speakers referred to the effectiveness of the recent Irish Heat Foundation FAST campaign and the 63% increase in the number of people presenting with symptoms to Emergency Departments.