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Mayor gets an insight into stroke care

hospital visit ... Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson at the hospital with, from left, physiotherapist Cuiran Scott, Coun Pat Hay and student physiotherapist Steve Cutler.

hospital visit ... Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson at the hospital with, from left, physiotherapist Cuiran Scott, Coun Pat Hay and student physiotherapist Steve Cutler.

SOUTH Tyneside Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson has seen at first hand how stroke and orthopaedic patients are cared for.

The Mayor visited South Tyneside District Hospital’s stroke unit, a 20-bed specialist ward.

Opened in November 2008, it brought together the previously separate acute stroke unit and stroke rehabilitation ward in one purpose-built facility.

The unit was designed by specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and doctors, as well as service users.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Lorraine Lambert and chairman Peter Davidson also showed Coun Gibson and former stroke victim Coun Pat Hay the South Shields hospital’s recently-refurbished orthopaedic ward.

Coun Gibson said: “I was very impressed with both the facilities and the great ambience that is created by the specialist teams on the stoke unit and orthopaedic ward. The wellbeing of residents is very important, and having devoted staff is essential in delivering the bigger picture.

“I was particularly impressed with the layout of the orthopaedic ward, as the redesign has made the ward brighter, friendlier and gives a real feelgood factor.

“It was fascinating to speak with the specialist staff as they explained how the equipment works and said that by using this new technology, it means people don’t have to stay in hospital as long.

“I was really proud to see the level of care that patients receive and was also pleased to be given the opportunity to chat with some of the patients and listen to their stories.”

Coun Hay said: “The stroke unit has come a long way since it opened in 2008, with the staff, skills and equipment being second to none anywhere in the country.”

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