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Improved Stroke care coming to Grey Bruce

January 22, 2017
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Grey Bruce is playing an integral role in the South West Stroke Project that is realigning stroke care in the South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to ensure people who have a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke) receive the best possible stroke care, and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Each year, in the South West LHIN, about 3,500 people in emergency departments are diagnosed with a stroke/TIA (transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke), or a suspected stroke/TIA.

This project will see stroke expertise focusing on realigning inpatient acute and rehabilitative care from 28 hospital sites to seven Designated Stroke Centres by March of this year:

  • London Health Sciences Centre’s University Hospital – hyperacute and acute

  • Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s Stratford General Hospital – hyperacute, acute and inpatient rehabilitation

  • Grey Bruce Health Services’ Owen Sound Hospital - hyperacute, acute and inpatient rehabilitation

  • St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital - acute and inpatient rehabilitation

  • St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s Parkwood Institute – inpatient rehabilitation

  • Woodstock Hospital – inpatient rehabilitation

  • Alexandra Marine and General Hospital (Goderich) – telestroke services

Phase II of this project will be creating recommendations to enhance care for people with stroke and TIA after they leave the hospital. This includes secondary stroke prevention, outpatient and community rehabilitation and stroke recovery services. Click here for more information.

With stroke, every minute counts, so it is vitally important for people who are having the signs of stroke to call 911 immediately so the paramedics can begin care as quickly as possible en route to the closest Designated Stroke Centre. View the Grey Bruce 911 stroke video about the importance of calling 911.

Realignment of stroke care in Grey Bruce to the District Stroke Centres will be complete in March 2017. For more information on the South West Stroke Project: http://swostroke.ca/about-swsp

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"In realigning stroke services, we are helping to ensure people across our LHIN are getting equitable access to best practice stroke care. Stroke survivors have the best outcomes when they are cared for in a centre that specializes in stroke services and provides best practice care. These changes to how we deliver stroke care are helping to reduce mortality and improve the outcomes of stroke survivors throughout our geography," said Michael Barrett, CEO, South West LHIN.

"South Bruce Grey Health Centre wants our local patients to have the best health outcomes after a serious incident like a stroke. Changes to stroke care for the residents of Grey and Bruce Counties will ensure that expert, comprehensive care is provided in a centre of excellence within our region," added Paul Rosebush, President and CEO, South Bruce Grey Health Centre. 

"Grey County Paramedic Services is pleased to partner with the South West Stroke Project and local health care facilities to ensure that patients having a stroke receive the highest possible level of care," said Mike Muir, Director, Grey County Paramedic Services.

Raymond Lux, Acting Chief of Bruce County Paramedic Service also added that, "Recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 911 immediately ensures paramedics can begin stroke care quickly and get the patient to the appropriate hospital for prompt treatment."  


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