A medicine skin patch, costing as little as 39p, could greatly improve the chances of someone surviving a stroke, according to researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru.
The researchers are testing a plaster-like patch which is applied to a patient’s shoulder or back and administers a drug whilst a patient is travelling to hospital.
The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust is one of the first ambulance services in the UK to take part in the trial in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda Health Board areas.
Around 13 people per day experience a stroke in Wales according to latest statistics.
The researchers believe that the patch can improve outcomes for people who have had a stroke if the medicine is administered quickly.
The patch can be applied by paramedics in an ambulance before the patient arrives at A&E, saving vital time.