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Right Arrow Stroke team wins coveted North West patientsí award
15 December 2010 at 10:57

The stroke team at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been recognised for their outstanding patient-centred care.

For the past two years, the team has been involved in a North West collaboration called Stroke 90:10.

The project's aim has been to improve the management and care of patients following a diagnosis of stroke.

It was the patients and carers who took part in the project who overwhelmingly chose the stroke team for the patients’ award. They said they had chosen the Southport and Ormskirk team because it:

• Was the only team to have a patient representative on the team from the very beginning
• Performed consistently against agreed quality markers
• Focussed on the emotional and psychological effects of stroke
• Had the most outstanding patient-centred care

The award was one of four made at an event in Bolton to mark the completion of the project.

Dean Tarleton, aged 47, of Southport, suffered a stroke in 2007 and was a stroke patient representative for the Trust on the 90:10 project. He became a valued member of the Trust team which led to him being asked to join the faculty of the 90:10 team.

"What particularly singled out Southport for me was that they look after the mind as well as the body when you've had a stroke. That was important to me and, after speaking to other patients, I know that's what is important to them," said Dean.

Heather Duff, the Trust clinical therapy manager for the stroke therapy team, added: "Stroke care is very much a team effort and we were all delighted that the care we take to treat and rehabilitate patients here has been rated so highly."

Trust chair Sir Ron Watson CBE added: "This award is a tremendous achievement for the stroke team and reminds us how fortunate we are to have such outstanding professionals caring for us in our community."

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
Tel 01704 704494 | Mobile 07599 754833  

Notes to editors
Pictures shows members of Southport and Ormskirk stroke team with patient representative Dean Tarleton, far left.