Breakthrough in stroke treatment

The first patient in Mansfield to receive a new clot busting treatment to aid recovery from a stroke has spoken of his gratitude to the team who cared for him.

Jo McHale (82), received the ‘gold standard’ treatment thrombolysis at King’s Mill Hospital after a severe stroke on 31st January.

The treatment, launched at the hospital last month, dissolves clots which cause blockages to arteries in the brain, and is a potentially curative treatment for stroke patients.

Head of Service for Stroke at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Dr Martin Cooper, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer local patients this new treatment and are delighted that Mr McHale has made an almost complete recovery.

“Thrombolysis can spare patients from permanent disability and a prolonged length of stay in hospital.

“It has given Mr McHale the opportunity to lead a full life and continue to do all the activities he enjoyed previously.”

Speaking about her father’s recovery, daughter Mrs Severn said: “Dad is doing really well and is in really good spirits – in fact he says he feels great.

“The treatment has been a miracle and the standard of care received at the hospital was fantastic.”

Mr McHale was discharged from hospital within a week. He is supported at home by the trust’s Early Support Discharge Team, a team of specialists, to aid him in his road to complete recovery.

l The new service operates from 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday (including public holidays). During weekends and out-of-hours thrombolysis treatment continues to be provided at City Hospital, Nottingham.

The development of stroke services at King’s Mill Hospital is a result of ongoing collaboration and support from NHS partners, including Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the East Midlands Cardiovascular Network and East Midlands Ambulance Service.