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Stroke research in West Yorkshire gets £1.6m boost

A team in West Yorkshire researching long-term stroke care have been awarded a £1.6m grant which could benefit patients across the country.

Researchers from both the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Leeds, received a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant to develop a national strategy for the long-term care of stroke survivors and their families.

Over recent years, stroke research supported by the NIHR has included studies which have developed early treatments such as clot busting and neuro protection drugs

There have been tremendous advances in the treatment of patients soon after stroke...but strategies for longer-term care are not as developed and stroke survivors and their families face a number of problems and challenges

– Professor Anne Forster

Stroke services suspended at Grimsby hosptial

Stroke services in Grimsby are to be suspended Credit: Calendar

Stroke services are to be suspended at Grimsby's Diana Princess of Wales hospital. NHS bosses say the decision has been made as part of ongoing work to improve the care offered to patients.

The trust was recently asked to conduct a review of stroke services at the hospital and have made the decision to consolidate the service and run it from the Scunthorpe General Hospital stroke unit.

Hyper-acute and acute services are being suspended.

Jargon explained -

Hyper-acute is where a patient needs constant care, within the first 24 hours of being admitted to hospital. Acute is where a patient remains in hospital, on a ward, but is not well enough to leave.

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Video: Calls to do more to help people after a stroke

There are calls for more help to be given to people after they've suffered a stroke.

The Stroke Association wants health professionals to do more to combat the stress and anxiety felt by many people who've survived an attack. Their calls are supported by Phyll Addison, a woman who suffered a devastating stroke three years ago, leaving her largely paralysed down her left side.

Cooking oil challenge

A Sheffield man, whose father was left severely disabled after a stroke, is getting ready to drive a cooking oil powered car for charity.

Jay McGreneghan is driving 1,500 miles across the UK and to Germany in his rare VW Caddy to raise money for the Stroke Association

He will use 300 litres of recycled cooking oil to get to Germany, where he will then take part in a marathon.

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