Video takes us inside the Mobile Stroke Unit

Inside the Mobile Stroke Unit

The latest video on the EEAST YouTube Channel takes you on a tour of the ground-breaking Mobile Stroke Unit which is helping ensure patients receive fast access to diagnostics and the right treatment.

The service, which recently relaunched in East Suffolk, uses a modified ambulance to attend patients with suspected strokes so that crews can carry out a CT scan and other tests in the vehicle.
They can then decide on the best course of treatment, which could include giving a clot-busting thrombolysis to increase a patient’s chance of making a good recovery, transport to a specialist centre or a referral to their GP.

The unit is being tested as part of a research study run by a partnership of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT), the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) and Saarland University in Germany, which has piloted a similar scheme.

This is the second time the ambulance has been stationed in Ipswich – it was initially trialled last summer – and as well as improving people’s chances of recovery, it is hoped that providing prompt diagnostics and the right treatment will help keep as many people as possible out of hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The unit is operational between 9am and 5pm on Monday to Friday.

Published May 20th 2020

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