1. ITV Report

39p patch could 'save lives'

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.

As a Trust we are proactive in taking part in research into pre-hospital emergency care in order to improve the clinical care of our patients.

We hope that by involving those who are eligible in this UK-wide clinical trial we can develop a safe and effective pre-hospital intervention for stroke patients.

– Dr Brendan Lloyd, Welsh Ambulance Service