Blackpool Hospital plans new stroke unit with rehabilitation center

Proposals for a new stroke unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have moved forward after plans were submitted to council.

The architects have drawn up a plan which would see a new single-storey building constructed in the southwest of the hospital site, close to the existing stroke department.

The proposed outpatient stroke unit is part of wider proposals to improve the package of services for stroke patients on the Fylde Coast. It will be an ambulatory care facility, supported by the adjacent hospital stroke department offering patient consultations, therapy spaces and clinical and administrative support rooms for staff.

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The site for development is currently an empty inner courtyard. Facilities that will assist stroke victims in rehabilitation will include a waiting room and washrooms, a consultation and examination room, an occupational therapy room and a staff training room.

In April, it was revealed that Blackpool was set to get an improved stroke service offering round-the-clock care, which doctors say will improve their chances of recovery.

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is one of three sites in Lancashire, the others being in Preston and Blackburn, chosen to receive the new service which will be fully in place by March 2024.

Stroke patients will receive enhanced care around the clock for the first 72 hours of treatment with the service available seven days a week. Currently, no hospital in Lancashire or South Cumbria offers the enhanced service, this which is a national expectation. The proposed outpatient stroke unit is part of the overall plans.

According to a report to the council’s Adult Health and Social Care Review Committee, there were 2,575 patient admissions in Lancashire and South Cumbria for acute stroke care and 442 deaths from stroke. a stroke in 2020/21.