New service to spread treatment at King’s Mill Hospital

HEALTH officials say more patients across Mansfield and Ashfield will be able to receive gold standard stroke treatment closer to home, thanks to the launch of a new clot-busting treatment at King’s Mill Hospital.

Many strokes are caused by blockages to arteries in the brain. The clot busting drug (thrombolysis) dissolves the clots which cause these blockages and is a potentially curative treatment for stroke patients.

The new service will operate from 8 to 5pm, Monday to Friday (including public holidays). Weekend and out of hours thrombolysis treatment will continue to be provided at City Hospital, Nottingham.

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

The head of service for stroke at Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Dr Martin Cooper said: “Research has shown that the quicker people are assessed and treated by specialist teams, the better their chances of survival and recovery from a stroke.

“We are delighted therefore that we are now able to offer this important treatment to stroke patients at King’s Mill Hospital – it is just one of a number of significant new developments which further enhances the range of top quality services for the local population.”