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Petition started to save stroke unit

Monday August 15 2016

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

A PETITION has been started to save a specialist stroke unit at Barnsley Hospital that is set to close. 

It emerged last week that the unit that deals with people in the crucial first few hours after they have had a stroke - the hyper acute stroke unit - is set to close and patients will be sent out of town to either Doncaster, Sheffield or Chesterfield for the first 72 hours of care, or until medically stable.

The units are being reviewed across South Yorkshire by Commissioners Working Together, a group of eight NHS clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.

Disgruntled locals have hit out at the plan to close the unit, and local campaigner Andrew Bogg has started a campaign to save the service.

The petition - which has gathered nearly 1500 signatures - states: "The first hour of a patient who has had a stroke is vital and the following days essential when looking at their recovery. If there is a delay in treatment then the outcome can be detrimental to a patients recovery.

"It is hard enough for a patient and their relatives at such a time but to have them many miles away and could face a long journey to visit their relative puts extra stress on the whole family. Keep services local for best patient outcome."

Click here to view the petition.

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Reply Posted by Andrew Lumb on Monday August 15 2016 at 13:06
This unit needs to be open as it serves patients who are in need of treatment

Reply Posted by R on Monday August 15 2016 at 13:51
Also the fact that ambulances will be then be tied up for a while transporting patients out of area to these other places. So this would also have a detrimental effect on the amount of ambulances in Barnsley.

Reply Posted by Mandy Hoyle on Monday August 15 2016 at 14:14
Its ridiculous that the government waint save the unit but they will help other people around the world it's disgusting start helping ur own people first instead of others so that means keeping the unit open

Reply Posted by Mr T Housley on Monday August 15 2016 at 14:51
It would be a shame to loose Stroke Unit in Barnsley I have 3 now and would be lost with out it and would be a shame

Reply Posted by Pauline Leather on Monday August 15 2016 at 16:14
Powers that be should be ashamed for even thinking about such a move

Reply Posted by Fiona Molyneux on Monday August 15 2016 at 16:27
I don't understand why you would shut something down thats much needed! Keep it open or lives will be lost its as simple as that!

Reply Posted by Christopher Kelly on Monday August 15 2016 at 16:35
F.A.S.T. The mnemonic for recognising and treating a stroke. Will someone please explain how bussing people out to far flung units squares with this. Disgusting, discraceful and potentially criminal!

Reply Posted by sue on Monday August 15 2016 at 16:56
Absolutely appalling, this unit is definitely needed. Hang your heads in shame who ever had the idea to this. This is beyond disgraceful.

Reply Posted by Pamela Blakemore on Monday August 15 2016 at 17:54
Need to keep this open Xxx

Reply Posted by samuel vickers on Monday August 15 2016 at 18:57
We need a stroke unit in town to serve the population , but most of all to get to hospital ASAP no cuts it's our health service cut managers and directors who only justify their jobs by cutting !

Reply Posted by Jayne Allen on Monday August 15 2016 at 21:46
The TV Info advent on strokes explains how time is of the essence. Can you tell me, just how doing tour de Yorkshire will help the patient?

Reply Posted by Rachel Roberts on Monday August 15 2016 at 22:18
Cannot believe this is happening! A much needed unit in Barnsley

Reply Posted by Ann Aldredge on Monday August 15 2016 at 22:20
I owe this unit big time I had a couple of slight strokes a few years ago and they got me better any body who really cares about the treatment of strokes understands how important this unit is especially in this area where the aftermath of working underground is generally strokes and chest disease it must be kept going and once again we look to our M.Ps to do their best

Reply Posted by Susan Skene on Tuesday August 16 2016 at 10:22
It's appalling, hoe can the 'F.A.S.T principles work if you are proposing to ferry patients out of town. My mum had the best treatment possible in that Stroke Unit. Please keep this open.

Reply Posted by Edward Neville on Tuesday August 16 2016 at 10:49
When I had 1 of my 3 strokes the ambulance had the" blueys" on and the nurse said this was because they had to get me to hospital as soon as possible. This will cause problems definetely by having to travel 14 miles extra.What an absolutely stupid decision and those who have nade this decision should hang theie heads in shame. what about the visitors who may not have transport.

Reply Posted by Kemmy on Tuesday August 16 2016 at 12:46
They can afford to put up these so called art structures and barnsley by the beach and waste money on other useless projects at the expense of people's misfortune it's a joke of a world we live in

Reply Posted by Caroline leech on Tuesday August 16 2016 at 15:59
This news is appauling ive worked at barnsley years and seen some stupid decissions made all of which have been for the worse . Im sure if it was someones relative making these closures and they need urgent care after a stroke theyd love travelling all the way to another hospital loosing vital time . Stpo messing with our Hospitals and pay for the care that people deserve and urgently need stop bailing out everyone else and look after your own ENGLAND !!!!!!!!!!!....