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South Yorkshire stroke patients set to benefit from video triage pilot

The new service aims to speed up the treatment process for suspected stroke patients across the region



Stroke patients in South Yorkshire will benefit from a new video triaging service after the region has successfully secured funding for the pilot from NHS England.

People experiencing stroke symptoms will be able to have a video assessment with a specialist at one of the Hyper Acute Stroke Units (HASU) across the region.

The video service aims to speed up the treatment process for suspected stroke patients by reducing handover times for on-scene staff, which will ensure patients get interventional treatment as quickly as possible.

The consultations will be supported by an app provided by GoodSAM and will aid in the identification of stroke mimics who may have previously been taken to an emergency department, further stretching capacity.

“This is a really exciting time and initiative, which allows our patients to receive specialist involvement from the very earliest opportunity, supporting our aim in becoming the best emergency and urgent care provider by 2023,” said Jono Milnes, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Area clinical lead, South.

The pilot, run by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, and the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, is set to last for six months starting from August.

The funding bid from the South Yorkshire Integrated Stroke Delivery Network was supported by the South Yorkshire Stroke Survivor and Carer Panel, established to give stroke survivors a platform to share their views and insights on how to shape stroke services in the region.

Mandy Rylance, stroke survivor and deputy chair of the panel, said: “I strongly believe that after having lived experience of a stroke, the contribution panel members can give to any future projects is significant.

“The video triage trial means the correct assessment for a patient having a stroke can literally make a big difference to the patient’s future quality of life.

“What more could a patient want than a specialist stroke doctor being involved in the diagnosis from the minute you enter the ambulance. Exciting news for everyone.”

Data will be gathered throughout the pilot period to help measure the impact of the video triage and gather learning.

In the UK stroke remains the largest cause of disability and the fourth biggest killer, causing around 38,000 deaths each year.