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Wimmera Health Care Group in stroke treatment trial

CRITICAL COMMUNICATION: From left, emergency department nurse unit manager Bernadette Ryan, emergency department nurse Brooke Walsh and program facilitator Janette McCabe use the telemedicine facilities to speak with Telestroke director Professor Christopher Bladin.

CRITICAL COMMUNICATION: From left, emergency department nurse unit manager Bernadette Ryan, emergency department nurse Brooke Walsh and program facilitator Janette McCabe use the telemedicine facilities to speak with Telestroke director Professor Christopher Bladin.

Wimmera Health Care Group’s Horsham hospital is one of 16 Victorian hospitals taking part in a program to increase the response time and treatment for strokes.

Program facilitator Janette McCabe said the Victorian Stroke Telemedicine Program, led by the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, started at Wimmera Health Care Group in March.

Mrs McCabe said the program made it possible for hospitals to immediately connect with metropolitan neurologists via telemedicine and obtain specialist advice on patients presenting with a stroke.

“Telemedicine, a form of video conferencing, allows medical staff and patients in Horsham to see and speak with neurologists to assess people who have suffered a stroke, and get the best treatment for them,” she said.

“This is so important because stroke is sometimes quite difficult to diagnose. Treatment is time dependent, so urgent testing and rapid assessment is critical. Being able to get specialist advice can have a dramatic effect on treatment and recovery.”

Mrs McCabe said between 50 and 60 people with acute stroke symptoms attend the emergency department at Wimmera Health Care Group every year.

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Posted on May 4 2016

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