Save the acute stroke units at Warwick Hospital, and George Eliot Hospital Nuneaton.

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Anna Pollert
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South Warwickshire, North Warwickshire and Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning groups plan to close the acute stroke units (ASUs) at Warwick Hospital and George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton. They also plan to remove the rehabilitation beds at St Cross Hospital, Rugby.

We believe that the centralisation of all acute care in the Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) and ASU at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, Coventry, overburdens an already over-crowded hospital. Centralisation is high risk as a care strategy for a large, rural county such as Warwickshire. In respect of brain injury, minutes are vital. Ambulance travel times will be extended and we are not convinced that the risks of distance are mitigated by direct transport to the HASU, without the option of reaching a closer ASU in a regional hospital.

In Shropshire, where centralisation took place in 2013, stroke outcomes are getting worse. We need to know why this is happening, before following a similar path in Warwickshire.

We call on South and North Warwickshire and Coventry and Rugby CCGs to retain the ASUs at Warwick and George Eliot hospitals until these risks are properly assessed, and to ensure adequate provision of rehabilitation beds throughout the county.