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Petitioning Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

Save Epsom Hospital's Acute Stroke Unit

We would ask Surrey Downs CCG to ensure that the present review results in Epsom Hospital retaining their stroke unit and specialised staff so that patients returning from Hyper stroke units are properly cared for and re habilitated.

Surrey Downs CCG are part of a Surrey wide review of services and there is a real threat to the future of the top performing acute stroke unit at Epsom General Hospital.  The loss of this unit would mean a 45 minute trip for patients to East Surrey Hospital, who would not be guaranteed a return to Epsom Hospital for recuperation. 

The stroke unit at Epsom Hospital delivers a thrombolysis service (clot busting treatment) for acute stroke 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The out of hours service is supported by a Surrey-wide telemedicine rota.

The acute stroke unit at Epsom Hospital admits all acute strokes and offers patients stroke thrombolysis if indicated. It is one of the top-performing units in the country.

The express transient ischaemic attack (TIA) clinic at Epsom Hospital is open seven days a week, and is hosted in the acute stroke unit. If your TIA is 'high-risk', this will be fully investigated within 24 hours of referral.

My great Uncle, Thomas Gage, was a patient at Epsom Hospital's stroke unit, and it meant a great deal to my family that he received such good care. It was also so important that he was near enough for members of his family, especially his elderly wife, to visit him without having to travel long distances. It makes all the difference to patients that their love ones are near at hand, and helps with their rehabilitation. Our community needs Epsom Hospital's stroke unit.

Councillor Jane Race.

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