Northern Devon NHS Trust provides acute hospital services for a population approximately 160,000 over a geographical region of North and Mid Devon, and North and East Cornwall.
The Trust's main site is North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, with several community hospitals in Bideford, South Molton, Torrington, Holsworthy, Stratton and Ilfracombe.
The Clinical Lead for Stroke Care is Dr Mervyn Dent who heads an expert team, including Doctors, Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians and Physiotherapists. The Acute Stroke Unit was set up in 2008 at North Devon District Hospital. Patients continue with rehabilitative care on Elizabeth Ward, Bideford Hospital. We also have an Early Supported Discharge team which was initiated in the Autumn of 2010.
We are able to provide 24/7 thrombolysis for our patients and are proud of our recent results in the 2010 Dr Foster Hospital Guide, where our ‘in hospital stroke mortality ratio’ was below average and the lowest in the South West. We also fast track patients suspected of having a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) to our TIA clinics. North Devon also offers appropriate patients rapid access to vascular services.
We value groups such as the Stroke Association and Patient and Carers Participation and Involvement and the support and advice they offer to our patients.
Research Participation in research is actively encouraged within the Trust with an expanding Research & Development Department. Research within stroke care is also supported by the Stroke Research Network. Our first Stroke Research Practitioner was appointed in 2009 for 2.5 days a week and, more recently, a second Stroke Research Practitioner has been appointed to enable the service to be covered 5 days a week. We are also fortunate to have a Lead Nurse for Research and Development at our Trust, Fiona Hammonds, who has a wealth of experience in stroke care and stroke research trials.
Our aim is for participation in quality research to be an integral part of our patients care, empowering patients, relatives, carers and staff alike.
Research Team Consultants/ Principal Investigators/ Team Members
Dr Mervyn Dent, Consultant in Elderly Care and Stroke
Dr Riaz Latif, Associate Specialist in Elderly Care and Stroke
Jane Hunt, Clinical Research Nurse, Stroke
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North Devon District Hospital
Devon EX31 4JB
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